It's on YouTube. Has been banned in Kuwait by the Ministry of Information. Thanks for the heads-up, Ahmed, Frankom blog and Desert Girl
This film is participating at the Kuwait International Film Retreat (Kuwait Young Film contest-Contest Films A) which would be played at Al-Kout mall on April 6th (12pm), 7th (4pm) 8th (6pm).
The film title: TOKAI (Street Cleaner) – Production year: 2007 – Country of origin: Kuwait – Languages: Bengali, Subtitles: English – Film Type: Documentary -Time: 18 min.
TOKAI (street cleaner) is a short documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of thousands of street cleaners who sweep the streets of Kuwait. In a country of abundance and wealth, these men earn menial salaries, as low as KD 20/$50 a month and eventually regress into the forgotten inhabitants of the Middle East.
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This is a moving film. You know that it is going on right around you, but this nails it. These companies keep cleaners' passports, so they are in servitude.
I can see how the Ministry of Info would ban it. Human trafficking is something that no one wants to talk about, but it exists in many countries (including the US). The thing is: do something about it.
So.... here's how you can help.... give directly to street cleaners or give to charities like Operation Hope or the Salvation Army (they do operate discreetly in Kuwait and you can contact them through their international office for support). Donate used clothing. Drive out to Hasawi (from 6th Ring Road, take the exit after 60. Turn left. Go straight.). Find poor people and hand stuff out. It's simple. They're not so hard to find all over the country: they wear yellow suits.
I know I am going to get mail from people saying to beware of street cleaners "they're criminals" etc. etc. There are also people out there saying that these guys make so much money off charity that they can buy their own Mercedes when they get home - yada yada (but not without their passport, right?) Okay fine. You have an opinion and I have my own opinion: God gave me a brain, a heart, and judgement skills: I use them.
By the way, in case anyone out there is wondering: Minimum wage in Kuwait is supposed to be KD 60 per month. Kuwait has an official 48 hour work week. Kuwait offers a universal healthcare system, but many of the laborers must take time off work to go to a hospital or clinic.
LWDLIK- Shame on the individuals and company owners who exploit these poor people and shame on the powers that be for not enforcing laws to stop this. This is a horrible slur on the reputation of Kuwait.
The above post plagerised straight from my friend and big-hearted blogger Desert Girl. Thanks DG just want to help get the message out. K x