Yemeni Citizens Condemn the Murder of American Teacher
March 20, 2012 1 Comment
Joel Shrum, an American teacher killed on Sunday in Yemen’s city of Taiz has brought only sadness and grief to the Yemeni community. Shrum, who was only 29 years old, wife and two children resided in Taiz where he was learning the Arabic language while teaching English at one of the oldest foreign language institutes in Yemen. Continuing learning the Arabic language, many residents of Taiz have put him and his family in their hearts; part of the community.
The unexpected killing of the American teacher was strongly condemned by the people of Taiz and other cities across Yemen. This video message below (in Arabic and English), from Taiz denounces the murder and calls on the government to thoroughly investigate this crime and prosecute the killers.
Continuing the efforts of condemning this crime, the people of Taiz scheduled a protest today in anger and sadness, while giving their deepest condolences towards Shrum’s family. They held signs denouncing the killing of the slain teacher while others held pictures reading, “We [heart] Joel”.
The citizens of Yemen want to give their warmest condolences to Joel’s wife and kids. Joel’s family are in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of Yemeni’s in Yemen and abroad.
May he rest in peace.