LETTERS TO MUNA AL-FUZAI
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.
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
“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