Westerners (and even many who have lived here for years and years) don't have a good understanding of the issues. I've seen some even shun the entire concept as if it is something dirty that they can't talk about. That outrages me! The Bedoon aren't just "those people that are demonstrating." These reactions come from intelligent, educated people (and many in positions of authority who could make a difference in someone's life). Many of these people don't even ask WHY the Bedoon are demonstrating. Perhaps they get their information from only one source. Perhaps they don't ask questions or aren't interested in learning different aspects (good and bad) of the country in which they live. No place in the world is without problems. No place in the world is perfect. (And this includes where I come from. Please refer to Native American Indians for example.) God created contrasts.
- I urge anyone who doesn't know about the Bedoon situation to drive out 5th Ring Road to Sulaibiya and see where the Bedoon live. Talk to Bedoon people. You may be surprised how many people you think have Kuwaiti nationality are actually Bedoon. The greeters at Sultan Center wearing national dress are Bedoon. The security men in national dress at the malls are most likely Bedoon. Go talk to them. Ask questions! Make friends. Several of my Bedoon friends are the most humble, gracious people you could ever meet.
- We will have a new US Ambassador to Kuwait in August. Will he/she have a good understanding of the Bedoon issue? Who will help educate him/her? I believe that Mrs. Jones is well-versed on the Bedoon issue. I wholeheartedly hope that the new Ambassador will be as educated and inquisitive (and I pray, as compassionate) on Kuwait's issues?
We, as humans, tend to only see issues as "someone else's problem" until there is some way to find a common, human ground; it must get to the heart and to make it personal. "Community involvement" isn't limited to your company donating funds for the annual raft race (for example). You can do it for free by being knowledgeable about the country where you live.
Until very recently, most Bedoon people were afraid to even discuss it for fear of reprecussions. This is a great article and I hope I see many more like it. I am also proud of her for using her full name. She must be a very strong woman and I applaud her for her courage.
Bedoon friends - Tell your stories! People will listen if you speak up and Inshallah - help.
[Note to B Al-S ("Pretty Girl"): I want you to be just like Amna!! Start writing and continue talking to people.]