Bahraini Activist

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Below is an excerpt from a phone conversation I had with a Bahraini activist in Manama. She talks about the situation on the ground, and how her country is changing for both better and worse. The beeps you hear are my phone about to die, which is why I’m trying to interject with questions. The conversation occurred at 1:45am EST on Thursday, March 3rd.

Below are excerpts from e-mails that she has been sending since the revolution began. The full e-mails can be found in the Mideast Reports.

Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:30:
“Then on Tuesday march 1st, some 450,000 people gathered at Al-Fateh Mosque…450,000 people is incredible number (pop. Of Bahrain is under 1M, Bahraini forms more than half of that).”

“Use of children into this is highly criticized in Bahrain, encouraging children to skip schools and walk from one school to the other ordering other students to join them or go home. Some teachers even helped the students. Fights started at schools and some children were injured. Before we know,It is turning to Shei Vrs Sunni civil war.”

“The more they go this way, the more the barrier is building between them and the “National Unity Gathering” and the more the protesters are told plenty that they don’t represent the nation.“

“Last night, fights with weapons started between youngsters (we see this usually in movies and other countries but not in our beautiful civilized open-minded Bahrain). The tragedy took place in a city away from Manama. Rage and tension is building up”

“May God help everyone to remember why Bahrain was always special”

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:10:19:
“Crown Prince says NO to F1car Race this year in Bahrain (we will miss it🙂 ), and announced: Bahrain is busy with National Dialogue and this is the priority now.”

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:18 AM:
“Good Morning from Bahrain
It is 5am in here. People do not sleep much anymore worrying about Bahrain, and poor Libya with the crazy criminal declaring war against people”

“Till now government has been very calm and patient which is welcomed by everyone. Bahrain TV has been hosting different groups of people (especially youth groups) since the Crown Prince initiative for dialogue.”

“CNN and some international media keeps repeating what happened on Friday and they hardly mention anything about what has been happening since”

“We are not used to such a prolonged unrest. We are a bit reassured though by the fact that violence seems to have ceased from both sides.”

Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:22:
“Labor union threatened to stop working tomorrow – but it seemed that they will give the dialogue a chance. Tomorrow is first day of the second school term after midterm holiday. School children were praying that schools will not start tomorrow – but it seems like their prayers were not answered.”

“Palestinian situations are deteriorating especially with the American Veto.  Egyptian victory and the beautiful development in Egypt is the only source of happiness for us all over the Arab World.”

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM
“Our crown prince just spoke: No papers, no preparations, spoke so openly and answered difficult questions He said what we all believe in and want to say .. Craziness should stop
From all and reform has to happen without tearing Bahrain into pieces and forgetting that no matter how much differences we have .. We are still one nation”

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:49:
“Next thing we learned is the losses in lives and injuries. The King Appeared in TV sad and conveyed his condolences to the families, assigning a deputy prime minister the job of setting an investigation committee and promising justice.”

“The roundabout was filled with people and sleeping bags\tents were set and even Shisha was enjoyed and a popcorn machine was there. All proterters left at the end with gun fire on air, and use of tear gas. But clashes happened and casualty and injury happened not only among civilians but also policemen. “

“In bahrain it is quite complicated and much different than the Egyptian case- protesters are more like a political movement with one known religious leader – While they at the roundabout spoke for the nation, many others were against them”

“Oh Bahrain! Couldn’t we all just communicate in a better way?”

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