Mu­nic­i­pal­ity don­keys

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi — Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Depart­ment was es­tab­lished in 1930 and the ser­vices it pro­vided in­cluded garbage col­lec­tion and trans­port­ing it us­ing lo­cally made wooden carts drawn by don­keys. Each cart was op­er­ated by a garbage col­lec­tor.

Dur­ing those days, the mu­nic­i­pal don­keys were very spoiled and lived a ‘com­fort­able’ life at spe­cial ranches, where work­ers cleaned and fed them. They also had lim­ited work­ing hours. I still re­mem­ber read­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s state­ment of an­nual ex­penses and rev­enues is­sued in 1936. The state­ment in­cluded the cost of feed­ing don­keys, pur­chas­ing fod­der and pay­ing don­key at­ten­dants’ salaries.

Some other spoiled don­keys used to be rid­den by well-off peo­ple, and each of them had a spe­cial worker to take care of it and lead it while car­ry­ing the master and shad­ing the master un­der the soar­ing sun or rain. Such spoiled don­keys, namely those of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, used to bray a lot, mak­ing very loud noises. They also used to kick each other all the time. They used to be rest­less be­cause of the ‘lux­ury’, com­fort and abun­dant food they en­joyed.

On the other hand, other don­keys used in trans­port­ing heavy loads such as gyp­sum, clay, mud and water were very ‘un­der­priv­i­leged’ and were hun­gry most of the time. They were less for­tu­nate. They had scarred backs re­sult­ing from their heavy loads and worked monotonously and con­stantly with­out breaks, ex­cept on Eid days when they were dyed with henna and rented out to chil­dren who wanted to ride them for fun, pay­ing the owner a baiza per ride!

They used to be rest­less be­cause of the ‘lux­ury’, com­fort and abun­dant food they en­joyed

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