Lisa: — As hungry as they may be, the Yemenis at least have something to be proud of: a total fertility rate of 6.41, sixth highest in the world.
And any Yemenis desperate for a better life, or keen to do those jobs Saudis won’t do, should note that Saudi Arabia is not hospitable to undocumented border-crossers. In a recent incident, Saudi police poured diesel fuel over some and burned them alive.
A much better bet for Yemenis is the U.S. “Diversity Lottery” for green cards. In the 2008 round, 70 Yemenis won the right to permanent residence in the U.S.A. Whether any of the so-mysteriously at-loose Cole plotters are included among the 70, I have not been able to determine.