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Kuwait’s unity, forged under hardships
August 1, 2015, 5:07 pm

During hard times Kuwaitis have always succeeded in staying together and maintaining national unity. It is during these periods that Kuwaitis come together and display their strong solidarity, patriotism and boundless love for their nation

Bonds of unity and brotherhood among the Kuwaitis were manifested in the very first moments of the 2 August, 1990, Iraqi aggression and years later, they proved it once again on 26 June, 2015 when the Imam Sadiq Mosque in downtown Sharq was bombed.

During the days of the atrocious Iraqi aggression, the people of Kuwait scrambled to inquire about each other, conducting phone contacts with their loved ones, relatives and even knocking on neighbors' doors to inquire about their condition and needs. They gathered at diwaniahs to bolster coordination in face of the hardships and for sake of securing each other's necessities.

Although the crisis dragged on for seven months, the Kuwaitis coped with the hardships, and many quickly manned the bakeries to make bread for neighborhoods' residents. Many, who had served behind desks in air-conditioned offices, were seen in the streets in broad daylight, sweeping them and collecting garbage to keep the districts clean.

Al-Qurain Martyrs House has remained an icon of the youths' sacrifices, those who had fallen while resisting the occupiers. The popular conference, held in Jeddah in October 1990 affirmed the Kuwaitis' robust loyalty to the rulers and devotion to their country's independence.

Kuwaitis abroad were equally active, promoting the national cause at influential quarters. And many students enrolled in the national army, received military training and took part in the homeland's liberation. In the post-liberation times, the Kuwaitis worked together to rebuild the country and erase scars of the aggression.

Twenty-five years after the aggression, Kuwaitis once again manifested their unity in the aftermath of the explosion that targeted the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in downtown Kuwait. Many Kuwaitis spontaneously responded to the situation and lined up to donate blood for the injured, participated in the funeral of the martyrs and joined in the mourning reception held at the State Grand Mosque.



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