Bahrain: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

Feb 17: In a pre-dawn attack, Bahrain exploded into brutal conflict between club-wielding riot police and anti government protesters sleeping in Pearl Square. The capital was later shut down and military check points set up. Do you have  information to share?

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5 Responses to Bahrain: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

  1. Mary says:

    What’s the status in Bahrain now?

    Also, which are the best schools (students/administrators) and what is a realistic salary range?

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  2. Noora says:

    I agree that the brutality is disgusting. Yesterday my school sent a text message saying school would be closed today and shortly after they said that today would be an in service day. They are caught in the middle of politics because a minister stated that if we stay home today then we are supporting the protests. Of course most of us won’t go in to work because safety is our priority. The people are angry and we cannot predict the situations we might or might not run into. Prevention is better than cure.

    Bahrain has exploded because this is something that has never happened here before. It is a very peaceful country. The areas that are affected are areas surrounding the center of the city. The military actually used barbed wire to fence in an area and my friend is fenced into his apartment building. Luckily for him he has view of the demonstration and has told me that the people have been demonstrating peacefully; just marching and chanting. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to go into work for 4 days.

    It is interesting though how censored the information is that is received from the local media. At first, we had to watch international news to keep abreast of what was happening because the local news didn’t air info re the demonstrations. But when the local news started featuring the event they attempted to communicate that the people have been protesting violently. They showed a blanket of swords and daggers that these people apparently attacked the police with. Now, this is difficult to believe as none of the videos that have been circulating have shown any sign of violence.

    On Weds eve a few of us went to the town center to see the demonstration. It was like a festival. The people were barbecuing, they had their popcorn machines and they had also pitched tents to sleep in. The air was festive and I was thinking that it was a great way to demonstrate. It was the following morning when they were all asleep that special forces went in and used forced to break up the demonstration.

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  3. You can never go home says:

    Language used in your intro is very sensational and exagerated. Bahrain did not “explode”. The capital was not “shut down”,and I have never objected to military check points in Israel or in Africa, nor have I seen any here in Bahrain. Most schools are about 12 km out of the city. Many parents came to pick up their children early Monday and Thursday because some of the roads leading to their homes may have been blocked or over-crowded, so we were dismissed early, peacefully drove into the city and smelled some tear gas as I live about 2km from Salmaniyya Hospital where wounded were taken and 5km from the Pearl Roundabout. In general, the ruling family is well-liked and respected and Bahrainis are educated, liberal and tolerant of other cultures and faiths. Not very similar at all to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, or Yemen.
    I have no idea what I could be asking my school or my embassy for. I’m enjoying a normal weekend in my apt. All internet is working as well as satellite TV – including Al Jazeera and Bahraini chanels, CNN, TV5, BBC.
    Some of the actions of some of the people are deplorable. Four deaths are four too many, and beating up doctors and nurses who are tryng to help the wounded is unacceptable. Who is doing what is the real question which will never be answered except by rumours. Your truth is your choice. Helicopters flying overhead as I hang out my laundry on the roof are unusual but not threatening. I do wish my school would take us on a vacation to Sharm Al Sheikh, but maybe that’s asking too much.

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  4. blue says:

    I am in Bahrain, and my school is doing NOTHING for us. I was told any action is up to my embassy.

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