Bahrain expats 'too afraid to leave homes'
Manama, November 7, 2012
Many people are too afraid to leave their homes following a series of explosions that killed two people and left a third critically injured on Monday, said the Bahrain Federation of Expatriate Associations (BFEA).
Investigations are continuing into the blasts, but police earlier confirmed high-intensity Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were used in the attacks, which took place in five locations on Monday in Gudaibiya, Adliya and Hoora between 4.31am and 9.24am, said a report in our sister publication the Gulf Daily News.
"BFEA has been inundated with calls from expatriates who are now afraid to go out but equally afraid to stay at home for fear of losing their jobs and their means to support their families," it said in a statement.
"BFEA also increasingly receive calls from Bahrainis of all sects who are being threatened and abused but cannot speak out publicly for fear of reprisals. Many expatriate victims are also afraid of reprisals and choose not to make official complaints to the authorities. BFEA respects this and offers discreet support wherever possible."
The society expressed its shock and disgust at the "vile acts of terror" and offered condolences to the families of the dead and injured victims.
"Bahrainis and expatriates have lived side by side peacefully, in harmony and unity for centuries and such acts of terrorism are totally alien to Bahrainis," it said.
"These acts of terror show total disregard for the rule of law and the sanctity of human life and cannot be allowed to continue unabated. Expatriates are increasingly threatened and attacked by those who claim they are pursuing their democratic and human rights.
"It seems the most vulnerable, low-income members of the expatriate communities are seen as easy targets by cowardly criminals with murderous intent. It needs to be made clear to them that the advancement of human rights and the pursuit of further democratic social and economic reforms cannot be achieved by such lawless violent acts."
However, despite alarm in the community about the blasts BFEA remains optimistic about the future.
"Bahrain is famous for her tradition of mutual respect and tolerance which has enabled our multicultural community to thrive in a loving, peaceful atmosphere," it said.
"We believe that these true Bahraini qualities will always shine through and deny the evils of blatant racism, sectarianism and sedition to triumph. The time has come for all political and religious leaders to unreservedly condemn such acts of terror and accept the Bahrain government's invitation for dialogue without delay and carry out their moral and democratic responsibilities." – TradeArabia News Service