“In the month of March / in the year of the uprising / earth told us her blood secrets / In the month of March five girls at the door /of the primary school /Came past the violet / came past the rifle / burst into flame / With the roses and thyme /they opened /the song of the soil / and entered the earth / the ultimate embrace / March comes to the land / out of earth’s depth /out of the girls’ dance /The violets leaned over a little / so that the girls’ voices /could cross over / the birds /pointed their beaks /at that song and at my heart.” — ‘The Poem of the Land‘ by Mahmoud Darwish
Please find below an interview with the President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, Rula al Saffar about the crisis in Bahrain. The interview is by Antonia Allman:
In the interview Rula al Saffar tells Antonia Allman that democratic rights of Bahraini citizens has been taken away by the dictatorship backed by the American and Saudi military. Nurses, medics and doctors have been arrested, detained, tortured and sacked from the hospitals for helping the protestors. All actions by the opposition in Bahrain have been peaceful. The response has been brutal and swift. Security forces trained by American and UK contractors had fired shotgun rounds, tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at protestors holding flowers in the street.
People refused medical care at militarised hospitals in Manama have died.
This is the first report [see part 4 of the interview below] to reveal that 110 freshly trained nurses in Bahrain are waiting to take up their posts in the hospitals of Manama but the regime refuses to accept them because their union has a position of helping care for the injured and tortured. The regime is requiring specialist medical care [in places like intensive care units] be given by nurses aids contracted from other countries.
Some people have managed to flee and seek asylum in Australia. They have told their story to the Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ (fm 102.1 at noon on Fridays).
Rula says that these Bahrainis are refugees of war – a war fought by one side, the regime, against its people, regardless of the Geneva convention and calculated to deprive their people of the freedom.
For follow up please contact Antonia Allman