LET­TERS TO MUNA AL-FUZAI

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Dear Muna,

I am writ­ing you as you have high­lighted an im­por­tant sub­ject mat­ter for re­spect­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. I agree that it is our prime duty to re­spect dis­abled peo­ple. I have lived in the UAE for a few years and it is far away from Kuwait in terms of many things.

Thanks Anis

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Dear Muna,

Your words in the ar­ti­cle “Dis­abled in Kuwait” touched me deeply, I could cer­tainly re­late to your words, not be­cause I’m dis­abled but I’m afraid, for 4 years I’ve been part of a team who were de­voted to so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally em­pow­er­ing this sec­tor, whether they were phys­i­cally im­paired or they had hear­ing im­pair­ments.

I was a project man­ager at en­ac­tus for 4 years - I’m sure you will be im­pressed by the work done by the en­ac­tus teams world­wide if you look it up. How­ever, the rea­son I’m send­ing you this email isn’t just to con­vey my ul­ti­mate re­spect and sup­port to your words, but rather a call if you’re will­ing to help me to ac­tu­ally make a dif­fer­ence and change the “dark” sit­u­a­tion this com­mu­nity is cur­rently fac­ing here in Kuwait.

I’ve read plenty of ar­ti­cles in both Ara­bic and English, and I re­al­ized the sit­u­a­tion is no dif­fer­ent than that in Egypt. The pub­lic and the gov­ern­ment author­i­ties specif­i­cally need to hear them out, to be aware of the fact that there’s an en­tire com­mu­nity full of po­ten­tial and bril­liant skills that is be­ing wasted and un­der­uti­lized due to lack of aware­ness. These peo­ple need to per­son­ally send a shout-out to the whole world and make them lis­ten to their needs! There­fore, I was hop­ing you can help me achieve that.

I know I tend to come on too strong when it comes to this sub­ject, but I’m very de­lighted to fi­nally find some­one who wants to see an ac­tual dif­fer­ence hap­pen­ing. Fi­nally, I know that you don’t know me and I re­ally don’t want to sound cliche’ by quot­ing Ghandi and tell you “Be the change you want to see in the world!”, but I know that if a group of peo­ple gath­ered to­gether with their mind set on one goal, be­liev­ing that they can achieve it, trust me, there’s no force on Earth could make them stop!

Warm Re­gards. Radwa

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Dear Al-Fuzai,

“It is normal that chil­dren who grow up with the maid’s habits and val­ues will end up with psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems. I al­ways won­der why many Kuwaiti fam­i­lies have a lot of do­mes­tic work­ers - even young, newly-mar­ried cou­ples. They show the world how wealthy they are, but this is wrong.”

Are these maids’ habits and val­ues due to their so­cial sta­tus as maids or be­cause they are non-Kuwaiti?

Maids are peo­ple with val­ues, morals and ethics and to de­mo­nize a group of peo­ple based on their so­cial sta­tus or eth­nic­ity.

Can you sub­stan­ti­ate your claim of psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems at­trib­uted to maids’ val­ues and habits?

Any child hav­ing to sub­sti­tute a par­ent’s love with that of an­other re­gard­less of so­cial sta­tus or eth­nic­ity will be af­fected.

If a maid’s value is to re­spect all peo­ple as equals, I am sure that would a hun­dred­fold beater than the val­ues you would teach to your chil­dren. Yours sin­cerely A reader Muna@kuwait­times.net

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