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Courageous people.

LAST week a friend from Bahrain gave me some excellent news.

There was a fundraiser by the Migrant Workers A migrant worker is someone who regularly works away from home, if they even have a home.[]

Although the United Nations' use of this term overlaps with 'foreign worker', the use of the term within the United States is more specific.
 Society and they collected a handsome sum and Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa donated BD20,000.

It brought back many nostalgic memories of more than 30 years!

Fighting for unpaid salaries, abuse against maids, hospital visits, visits to retention centres, immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.  problems, fighting for overcrowded o·ver·crowd  
v. o·ver·crowd·ed, o·ver·crowd·ing, o·ver·crowds
To cause to be excessively crowded: a system of consolidation that only overcrowded the classrooms.
 open transport of workers.

And to add to our problem there was a spate of fires in crowded labour camps.

You name it, we had it. But there was always a silver lining silver lining
A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.

[From the proverb "Every cloud has a silver lining".

Often courts were sympathetic, the government helpful and the people of Bahrain, both locals and expats, ever ready to extend a helping hand thanks to the GDN GDN Garden (postal suffix)
GDN Gdansk, Poland - Rebiechowo (Airport Code)
GDN Global Data Network
GDN Goods Dispatch Note
GDN Global Disaster Network (Yahoo group) 

But the brightest star of all which really set the path of making the Migrant Workers Society a reality was none other than Shaikh Abdul Aziz Abdul Aziz is the name of:
  • Abdülâziz (1830–1876), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
  • Abdelaziz of Morocco (1878–1943), Sultan of Morocco
  • Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad bin Saud (fl.
 bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.

It was his deep understanding of the problems, his genuine concern for justice, human rights and fair play to set things right in a fair and proper manner that with his initiative and support this body was formed.

We had a courageous and wonderful lady Ms Mona Almoayed to head the team and under her it has gone from strength to strength.

I am happy and proud and thankful to God that Bahrain has been the pioneer and leader in the Gulf where human rights are concerned.

This, believe me is not a small achievement.

I wish there was a Shaikh Abdul Aziz in every country!

I miss the fights and the fun!

Salma Bala

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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