How Bahrainis Stranded in Mashhad Spend their Days

2020-03-12 - 5:23 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): People who share the same ordeal usually become united, as the ordeal brings them closer to one another. This is how Bahrainis trapped in Iran are living these days. They are showing many beautiful scenes of unity, care, empathy and mutual support.

Like a close-knitted family, they eat their meals together and check on each other. The elders comfort the young and they all give each other strength. They share laughter and reassure one another, and other times they remind each other to be patient and strong. They share the same worries and wishes, feelings of fear and anxiety, as well as frustration. Some analyze the issue, some reject the reality of the situation, and others accept it. However, all of them are afraid of the unknown.

F.A says: "Despite the siege that we are living in and the injustice caused by the government of Bahrain by abandoning us, we do not feel like strangers. Yes, we miss our children and our parents at home, but I consider everyone here my family."

Haj J. says: "We thank our dear religious tour group managers who suffer losses on a daily basis, the working cadres and their professionalism in dealing with the difficult circumstances visitors are experiencing as well as their endurance under constant pressure from the early morning to midnight."

"We try to control the despair that has afflicted many visitors and change it to optimism and hope. The most beautiful thing is that the old and the young have become friends and brothers," visitor H. states.

Haja Um A., who is in her 70s showed resilience against the Coronavirus outbreak, stressing: "I am the mother of everyone who feels afraid here."

Visitor M. prayed for Haj Hasan Mansour who passed away on Thursday (March 5) due to high sugar levels and considered him a victim of the Bahraini government abandonment of its citizens abroad, calling on all stranded Bahrainis "to be patient, so that we don't lose more loved ones".

Young woman Z. considered the plight of the trapped Bahrainis to be a trial and tribulation, saying: "We are facing an affliction and a trial from the Almighty God to test our patience. Relief shall come between an hour and another."

Visitor A. who took it upon himself to help others and fulfill their needs says, "We have limited the medicine shortage among visitors. We have tried to provide them in coordination with the managers of the religious tour groups and their cadres, and thank God, we have succeeded in serving them. We will continue to serve them as long as we remain in Iran."

These pleasant scenes of support unveil the true qualities of Bahrainis in adversity, revealing their goodness and solidarity.

The only wish they have now is that the Bahraini authorities fulfill their duty in evacuating their nationals from Iran soon.

About 2,130 Bahrainis are stranded in Iran, according to a statement issued by Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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