“Our enemy is Covid-19 and not those who carry it”– The Crown Prince
AS we enter the third month of the new decade, yes, it’s only been 60 days, we face another challenge that threatens our social fabric.
No, it’s not the global outbreak of the coronavirus, but the instigation and incitement that has spread along with it.
We, as Bahrainis, are not immune to a potential epidemic.
What we should be immune to, however, is the spread of this rhetoric – as the kids say: been there, done that!
I believe that our experiences as a community over the last few years have fortified our determination to contain this virus and come out the other side with our unity and compassion intact.
Remaining calm and united in times of crisis has always been our strongest attribute as a society.
Well, the majority of our society – I see some of you predicting apocalypse.
In the last week we have had a myriad of information regarding Covid-19 and as any person being bombarded with unknown data we kind of lost ourselves for a minute there, Bahrain.
The numbers may feel overwhelming, but what we need to know is that there genuinely are contingency plans for every scenario.
And while the measures being taken may seem extreme to some, they are necessary to contain the spread of the virus within Bahrain.
What is unnecessary, however, is the spread of harmful information on social media.
This hinders all the transparent efforts being exerted by authorities to ensure life in Bahrain is not affected by this global outbreak – one that has impacted over 60 countries and wiped billions of dollars from world markets.
So, today, as our unsung heroes comprising medical and emergency personnel combat this infection, let us, as a society, also take up our national duty to instead call for composure of emotions and unity of hearts.
It is up to us, Bahrainis of all creeds, to once again remind the community, and the world, of our airtight unity, our lasting co-existence, and our love of country.
I can say with confidence that this is a call to arms every Bahraini, young and old, will answer.
Stay safe, Bahrain.
Noor Toorani is GDN Deputy Editor and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org