Monday, August 08, 2005

UnEmPlOyMeNt

My sister Batool writing about her experience:

Yesterday I had one of the most heartbreaking experiences in my life. It started with a tour within the villages of Bahrain where we saw the effects of poverty everywhere. We then visited a house in AlDuraz where we had permission to go in and look around. One of the sons was showing us around and as soon as I stepped in I was devastated. The place was simply falling apart and it was merely a few rooms held together by an outer fence.
As we stepped in he told us that there were mice everywhere, and that the mice were eating everything. He also showed us this small shack where they usually stay during the winter because it tends to be a bit warmer. As we walked through the place we were told that the place was rented, and that everything in the house from cupboards to the refrigerator were all charity from people who had seen the house.
We also got to see the father who worked as a fisherman. He was telling us how he wanted to build a new house for his family but they simply had no money to build it. We then asked the son where he worked. He answered “I’ve been through many jobs but I’m currently unemployed”. In his last job he worked at a cleaning company from 2 in the morning till 11 at night. As I stood there figuring out the math, I was shocked beyond belief.
I said to myself that surely a person so overworked would at least have a good salary?? Well, I was wrong. His salary was a mere 150 BD. And what’s worse is that with all his hard work, he finally got fired for unknown reasons. I left that house with a sinking feeling. Why should anyone… Anyone… Have to live like that?? I have to say that I was proud of the people that lived in that house, because many people, if forced to live in those conditions, would have other (illegal maybe?) ways to deal with it. And yet this young man, as we left, held his head up high, smiled, and bid us farewell.

1 Comments:

Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Thanks for highlighting the plight of the real people of Bahrain... who are taking the shit and holding their heads up high.

11:35 PM  

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