The people in Bahrain are getting it hard. Imagine an oil rich country where people are sleeping hungry. Imagine a country where the government punishes those who help others in need of food and supplies. Imagine a country where the injured are tortured if they go to hospital and doctors punished if they attend these injured.
This is Bahrain a year after people took on the streets against a government ruling them for over four decades and a monarchy for ages.
People in Bahrain are refusing to be slaves, they are standing up for their rights and this determination is driving the government go crazy, as it attempts to portray a different picture of the island nation to the world.
The government is doing all what it can to send out a message to the world that everything in Bahrain is fine and that there is no opposition in Bahrain. It is trying to market hard to the outside world using all at its disposal including media, paid professionals, online activists to push its agenda. None of this has worked well so far.
Despite the government of Khalifah ibn Sulman al-Khalifah, the uncle of the reigning King Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifah having everything at their disposal from media to military, they haven’t been able to break the will of the Bahraini people who are now reusing to be their slaves.
If you keep an eye on Bahrain and have been there, you will understand that it’s the Prime Minister and not the King who bears the responsibility for all that is happening. The king is living in a bubble and willingly or unwillingly can’t get rid of his uncle who is supposedly backed by the Saudi’s.
Prime Minister Khalifah ibn Sulman al-Khalifah along with the Saudi support is getting religious leaders by his side. He is trying all tricks to give the protest a sectarian rift shade to completely ignoring the events on ground at times. Many times the government tries to call the protestors terrorists and raise a shout about all the violence and motolov throwing, but all I got to say is that if the protestors are violent than how come so far there has just been death of one policeman in close to a year of revolution, where as many people have died at the hands of the government.
For those raising our voice threats to us and our families have become part of the daily life. I have been living outside Bahrain for last eight months, my house has been attacked, but like my fellow countrymen I am not giving up.
People know that they stand a very little chance against this regimen, but they know they can’t step back for this has been a long year and a steep curve. This is their only chance for democracy and the strong Bahrainis will not step back.
(Lamees Dhaif shared her opinion via Skype with Avinash Kalla)