Abu Ni­co­las’ mem­o­ries

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ah­mad Al-Sar­raf

Our Le­banese friend Abu Ni­co­las, who worked in Kuwait for many years, re­cently re­tired and re­turned to his home­land. He pro­vided ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal care for his chil­dren in Kuwait and was forced to leave the coun­try dur­ing the Iraqi In­va­sion. Com­ment­ing on the last at­tack on ex­pa­tri­ates in Kuwait, Abu Ni­co­las said that each time he picks up a news­pa­per or a mag­a­zine and finds any news item about Kuwait, he leaves ev­ery­thing aside and reads it first.

Kuwait has been im­printed on his mind for 35 years. He started his fam­ily here and named his daugh­ter ‘Dana’ af­ter Kuwait’s pearls. They had a very friendly re­la­tion­ship with Kuwaitis as well as peo­ple from other na­tion­al­i­ties. He said he re­mem­bers about all his good times and mem­o­ries in Kuwait. Es­pe­cially that one time when his daugh­ter had a se­vere pain in her ear and he wasn’t at home and since it was a Fri­day, their doc­tor was not work­ing. His wife asked their Kuwaiti neigh­bor Maa­souma for help and she re­sponded pos­i­tively.

Maa­souma ac­com­pa­nied them to Daeya poly­clinic where Maa­souma reg­is­tered Dana in her name and gave her fa­ther’s name Ab­del­rah­man to over- come ad­mis­sion prob­lems. The Iraqi doc­tor on duty treated the girl as she spoke to the doc­tor about “Fa­ther Christ­mas” as Christ­mas was ap­proach­ing. Her talks sur­prised the doc­tor who asked Maa­souma, who is a Mus­lim, about teach­ing her chil­dren such things that are alien to the so­ci­ety and its tra­di­tions.

Maa­souma told the doc­tor what he heard from the young girl was in­flu­enced by her for­eign school and promised to cor­rect the mat­ter. All this took place while the real mother kept silent, as she did not want to get into an ar­gu­ment. When they left the cen­ter, Maa­souma told Dana: “What do you want from Fa­ther Christ­mas? Then looked at her mother and said: “Is he a doc­tor or a cler­gy­man?”

I am writ­ing to say that many have left Kuwait for good and they are sad for leav­ing a place they loved and that was good to them, or about feel­ing that they wasted their time in a place that did not re­spect their hu­man­ity. So, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity both hu­manly and pa­tri­ot­i­cally to make the stay of the ex­pat among us more com­fort­able, so that they can re­mem­ber us in their good mem­o­ries al­ways. —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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