Daily Archives: May 11, 2012

Art by Bahraini Children Depicts Atrocities, Violence, Fear, and Hope

Human Rights First presented an exhibit of art by Bahraini Children at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC this week. The images portray their grief and anger over the violence that has affected their families.

Each of the images was accompanied by some background information on the child and his or her situation. Child psychology experts examined the drawings and presented their hypotheses about each child’s emotional state.

This drawing is by an 8 year old boy whose father was shot while protesting with his arms up. The boy drew a scene of protesters around the iconic statue, the Pearl Roundabout (now destroyed by the Kingdom). The flag of Bahrain flies from the Pearl Roundabout. The protesters hold up their hands to show they are unarmed and peaceful.

This 9 year old boy’s grandfather was shot by government forces. The boy has drawn a protest scene. Forces in helicopters and cars attack the protesters. A protester lies on the ground bleeding.

The uncle of this 7 year old girl was shot in the head by Bahraini forces, and the images of him were broadcast on television. The girl says the picture shows her and her sister running to help her uncle.

Leahy: Arms Sale To Bahrain Sends Wrong Message

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Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations. He is the author of the Leahy Law which prohibits U.S. aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights, and of an amendment enacted last year that restricts tear gas and other crowd control items to security forces of countries undergoing democratic transition in the Middle East.

He commented on the State Department’s announcement Friday of resumption of major military sales to Bahrain:

“The U.S. and the Government of Bahrain share strategic interests, but if history has taught us anything, this is a time to demonstrate our unambiguous support for the aspirations of the Bahraini people for greater political freedom. While I am pleased that the Administration is continuing to withhold tear gas, small arms and other crowd control items from the Bahraini security forces, this arms sale sends the wrong message. The Government of Bahrain has yet to respect the Bahraini people’s legitimate demands, or to hold accountable its own police and military officers for arresting, torturing, and killing Bahraini protesters.”

Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1btxY)