x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Plea to help Rohingya refugees

World leaders have a responsibility to assist Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, a reader says. Other letter topics: Air India, adoption and parking problems.

A reader says world leaders must step in to assist Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. Munir uz Zaman / AFP
A reader says world leaders must step in to assist Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. Munir uz Zaman / AFP

As Bangladesh detains refugees (June 19) points out, the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are a big headache for Bangladesh.

There are already thousands of Rohingya people living in refugee camps all over Bangladesh, and now they are coming again due to fighting in their own communities in Myanmar.

Most Rohingya are Muslims, and they are victims of killings, kidnappings, rapes, beatings and arson.

When they come to Bangladesh in fear of their lives, they leave everything they have behind them. World leaders should step forward to help these people.

MA Mannan, Abu Dhabi


Praise for parents who opt to adopt

I was very happy to read that the authorities in Sharjah have approved eight adoption applications this month (New families for eight abandoned children, June 19).

Parenthood is a huge undertaking at any time, and those who willingly take on responsibility for children who are not biologically their own are especially courageous and deserve great respect.

Every child must be given the chance of a happy, secure and stable family life, and I am glad that the authorities have carefully vetted the applicants.

The juxtaposition of this story with revelations about the man accused of killing his daughter (Prosecutors seek death for father in torture case, June 19) only serves to prove how essential good parenting is.

Charles Bryant, Abu Dhabi

Time for decisive action over strike

Referring to the ongoing strike by Air India pilots (Strike grounds Air India planes, May 27), it is obvious that India's national carrier is no longer a reliable option for expatriates wanting to fly home, especially during the holiday season in Middle East countries.

It is extremely disappointing that the Indiangovernment is not able to resolve the issue so normal flight operations can be resumed.

The only option for the Indian expatriate community is to boycott the airline and come up with another way to reach home.

While the government is being held responsible for prolonging the pilots' protest, the airline has already lost billions due to the month-long agitation.

Indians should ask if they need an airline that is not committed. The best outcome could be to dissolve Air India.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Passports belong to workers

I am writing in reference to Bid to stamp out illegal retention of passports (June 17).

You are not really my boss and I am not really your employee if you are holding my passport to be assured of my services.

B Aliganyira, Abu Dhabi

Charity grateful for coverage

On behalf of the Diplomatic Group for Spouses of Ambassadors, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for sending your reporter and photographer to cover our event at the Al Ain Care and Rehabilitation Centre for Children with special needs.

Our group presented two cheques that were the proceeds of sales of (and donations to) our children's story book, On the Wings of a Tale. The money will help the centre's building project.

The two articles were outstanding and the photograph was also great.

Wendy Lewis, Abu Dhabi

What to do when it's raining ash?

No butts: if you drop litter, you will be fined (June 19) is a great idea.

But how do you enforce the law when someone dumps their cigarette butt-filled ashtray off one of the 14 balconies above your apartment? This happened to me on Monday.

Jim Buckingham, Abu Dhabi

Proposed answer to parking woes

I have been following the news about parking problems in inner city Abu Dhabi (Parking is such sweet sorrow, June 12), and I believe I have a solution.

If the concern is about illegal tenants taking up all the available spaces, then why not issue parking permits to legitimate tenants?

These could be made available only on the presentation of a valid tenancy agreement in that person's name. Then make, say, 60 per cent of parking spaces available for use only by vehicles that display those permits.

The other 40 per cent of spaces could be available for a maximum period of three hours, allowing people enough time to shop or visit friends, with heavy fines applicable to those who overstay.

Michael Jones, Abu Dhabi