In 2005, the population has reached 20,727,000, mainly through absorption of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen. Exact religious composition was unknown; however the majority was still Muslim with small numbers of Christians, Jews and Hindus. Approximately, one-fourth of the labor force was employed in services, construction, industry and commerce, the rest largely being agricultural workers. The literary rate had risen to 50.2 percent; life expectancy was 59.89 years for men and 63.71 years for women. Population growth was, in 2005, 3.45 percent per year. The population was very young with the median age in 2005 being 16.54 years.
The government maintained a highly restrictive policy with regard to Christian ministry. Since 1981 one Mennonite has taught in a school for children of the international community and was an Overseas Mission Associate with the Mennonite Board of Missions (Mennonite Church).
|Author(s)||Wilbert R Shenk|
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Shenk, Wilbert R and Ammar Naseer. "Yemen Arab Republic." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2006. Web. 21 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Yemen_Arab_Republic&oldid=93962.
Shenk, Wilbert R and Ammar Naseer. (2006). Yemen Arab Republic. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Yemen_Arab_Republic&oldid=93962.
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