Bahrain, a country that feels the world forsake it and ignores its struggle as compared with the rest of the revolutions.
The people of Bahrain are peaceful people living at the mercy of a repressive, corrupt authority. We are the only oil country where more than half of its people live in need, not because we do not have the resources – but because the corruption here created two categories of people – extreme wealth and extreme poor.
The indigenous people of Bahrain lived here before the arrival of the royal family. These – the original inhabitants – suffered more than others of oppression, discrimination and marginalization.
They also requested to change the prime minister, who has governed the country for four decades. During these years he looted so many of the countries resources for himself and his family.
Instead of listening to these demands, the regime suppressed villages and the regions that participated in the protests. Thousands of people were arrested, starved and injured. Lots of martyrs fell, most of them below the age of 16 years.
The peaceful demands were met with repression and abuse not only rejection.
However, the people are determined to continue their struggle to regain their legitimate rights.
The role of women
Women participated alongside men in these protests and were in the front lines. They were not afraid of the bullets and the military.
The martyr Bahia Al-Aradi, was one of the first to be killed in the confrontations. She had remained steadfast and was standing even when the men began to retreat after attacks from the military.
The women were subjected to the worst types of torture and were deployed from work and their reputation and chastity were trashed. This increased their determination to contribute to positive change.
Democracy is what Bahrain wants
When it comes to democracy, we believe that this form of tribal rule has failed. The existence of one family that controls the country and the destiny of its people has become a thing of the past. The era of absolute monarchies has ended since the Middle Ages.
The people of Bahrain are educated and they deserve a democratic government that respects and honors its will. Freedom and justice is all we want .. Is it too much to ask?
(Lamees Dhaif is a Journalist and human rights activist from Bahrain, she shares her views on Bahrain with www.wespeaknews.com sending her thoughts via email)