It is Celebration time in Kuwait. 50 years of independence,20 years after the liberation and 5 years since the present Amirs coming to power. I celebrate too with smile on my lips and tears in my eyes.
I celebrate too the liberation ,as a foreigner residing in this country and who had gone through the trauma of occupation.You get up from your bed as usual, make a cup of tea as usual and switch on the B.B.C as usual and suddenly realize nothing is as usual or may be never going to be as you are living in country occupied by another country.Your hosts have deserted you and you are living in a country, attacked by another and defended by none.
The trauma of fearing for your young kids,husband, self, the trauma of leaving every thing behind you owned, including your savings in the bank,the trauma of getting evacuated,spending days in two different evacuation camp in an unknown county , arriving in your own country with no job and no money, over qualification preventing the husband finding a job easily, nightmares,desperation,tears all is a story behind now as we are back in Kuwait, happy healthy and better off.
The memories of invasion some sweet as in the love and support of near dear ones in time of our desperation some bitter as in the struggle to make both ends meet is all behind twenty years now.We are back, kids grown into men, life as usual,cup of tea in hand as usual , B.B,.C. with another story of another place as usual.
Thank God for all your mercies. As some one said, when we go through difficulties in life , God smiles and says ‘sweetheart it is only a bend,not the end” keep going.At least it proved right this time.thank you God.
Let me celebrate too.!But I have never forgotten what we went through and my heart bleeds for all those innocent civilians who suffer from natural or man made, or power struggle calamities in their countries..
The smile on my lips is for getting my life back ,seeing the country back with its rightful owners and tear in my eyes for those thousands 0f scared civilians in so many countries around the world which are going through unrest.