Why Mohammed went from assistant manager to taxi driver



The 49-year-old lives in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, with his wife and three daughters. Her eldest, Hanan is studying medicine, Suzanne recently left high school to study at the English Language Institute, and her young daughter is in her sixth grade at school.

“Our life was good and good,” he says.

Sadly, things are different for Mohammed now as Yemen continues to face one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Ongoing conflicts, natural disasters, the spread of disease and economic instability have crippled essential services and forced millions of Yemeni families into poverty. It is estimated that 11.3 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Shortly after being promoted to deputy principal of his school, Mohammed was forced to quit the career he spent more than two decades building. Like thousands of other Yemeni teachers, he had not received a full salary since 2016 due to a breakdown in the education system.

Two million children are currently out of school – that’s about the same as every out-of-school child in New South Wales.

Speaking to our team from his home in Sana’a, Mohammed proudly shows off the certificate he received during his career.


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