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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 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 problems, fighting for overcrowded 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.

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.

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 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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