Eqbal Dauqan knew she had to leave Yemen—to save her life and her life's work.
She was trapped in her hometown of Taiz when it was pulled into Yemen’s bloody civil war. Bombs fell on schools, mosques, and markets. Snipers targeted innocent civilians. Dr. Dauqan’s family members and students were killed, and her university shut down.
Before the war, Dr. Dauqan was a leading biochemist and a dedicated professor. She was named a top woman scientist in the developing world. She gave Yemeni girls an important role model in science.
With support from the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, Dr. Dauqan found a way out of Yemen and relocated to a university in Malaysia. She now lives in safety and continues her research, sharing invaluable knowledge with the next generation of promising biochemists.
In the photo: Eqbal Dauqan in a lab at a university in Malaysia. Photo credit: Sanjit Das/Panos.