Care for or­phans

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - Lo­cal

From the early ‘60s, Kuwait has pre­sented hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port and care for or­phans, in­clud­ing those of un­known parent­age and chil­dren who have no rel­a­tives. Both were housed at the or­phan­age, where they lived and stud­ied un­til they got mar­ried. Some­times, in cases of di­vorce, they re­turned to the or­phan­age, be­cause it is the only place they know and in which they grew up.

These peo­ple face dif­fi­cul­ties and prob­lems in their lives due to gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions and the cul­ture of the com­mu­nity that looks at them with suspicion and dis­trust, as if they are a bur­den on the so­ci­ety! This is not fair, but it is the truth. Re­cently, the min­istry of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor took a de­ci­sion to evict all those who reach the age of 21 from the or­phan­age. This sur­prise de­ci­sion left them won­der­ing where to go and what to do. They are on the street, so what’s the so­lu­tion?

The cit­i­zens who were once housed at the or­phan­age are call­ing for a so­lu­tion to their prob­lem. They are de­mand­ing hous­ing af­ter their al­lowances were stopped and they were evicted due to this de­ci­sion. It is un­for­tu­nate that this prob­lem has not caught the at­ten­tion of many, be­cause ad­vo­cates of this un­just law are ar­gu­ing that those who have reached the age of 21 must be able to work and earn money.

These peo­ple don’t want to see the reality in Kuwait or are only try­ing to jus­tify a gov­ern­ment er­ror. My son is a 21-year-old Kuwaiti cit­i­zen, but is un­able to work be­cause he is still a stu­dent. All his at­tempts to work af­ter school in the evening failed and he was re­jected be­cause it is not per­mis­si­ble for stu­dents to com­bine work and study. So even a 21-year-old is forced to live un­der his par­ents’ roof. The de­ci­sion to ban the com­bi­na­tion of work and study was also is­sued by the min­istry of so­cial af­fairs.

The prob­lem in Kuwait is of those who make blind de­ci­sions against the pub­lic or a group of peo­ple with­out a fair study. I feel sorry for these young peo­ple who have been evicted from the or­phan­age. What are they sup­posed to do in a small country with many un­em­ployed cit­i­zens and a ma­jor­ity of Arab and Asian ex­pa­tri­ates who are mostly do­ing me­nial jobs? This is not the West, where laws sup­port stu­dents and un­em­ployed or home­less peo­ple.

If we as­sume that these evictees are not cur­rently study­ing, the prob­lem still ex­ists for them as a so­ci­etal one be­cause of the cul­ture of the com­mu­nity. I see them again pay­ing the price of oth­ers’ sins and mis­takes. Evict­ing them from the or­phan­age must be ac­com­pa­nied with an op­por­tu­nity to work, and not leav­ing them on the street as easy prey for drug deal­ers and crim­i­nals, even though the state has granted them Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship. It is es­sen­tial to re­con­sider this de­ci­sion and give them jobs. The or­phan­age is the only home they know, and we should not pre­vent them from liv­ing there.

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