Travel to Bahrain
• Travel to Bahrain
Bahrain - an archipelago in the Persian Gulf, one of the smallest countries in the world. By area, it is approximately as old Moscow, or Singapore. The country lives at the expense of oil and gas.
The majority of Bahrain's population consists of guest workers from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. They work here for nothing, and have no voting rights. In Bahrain, there is an interesting law, if you are the debtor declares, then you take a work visa and prohibited from leaving the country. The idea is that your relatives have to pay for your debt.
Many migrant workers and die in Bahrain in poverty, unable to leave. Human rights activists, of course, outraged, but can not do anything. Bahrain - Kingdom and decides everything is the king. However, it is likely that the king will soon throw off. For the second year there are demonstrations and riots, permanently killed people. "Arab Spring" in Bahrain began in early 2011 when the Shiite majority demanded that the king to expand their participation in the government and the country erupted mass protests. Bloody Bahraini regime responded demonstrators torture. One in five who died during demonstrations died in prison from torture and abuse.
A few days ago there began the trial in the case of Princess Nura bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, who is accused of torturing prisoners. 29-year-old princess is accused of torturing two doctors who were arrested during protests in the spring of 2011.
Capital unremarkable ... Faceless streets with markets and shops. I ride around the city, even the camera did not want to get ...
New residential buildings. Everywhere vacant lots and dirt.
Mobile video advertising billboard. Bahrain - a kingdom, so each column hangs a picture of the king and his favorite friends. Before the start of mass actions the king gave all the residents at $ 3000, but it did not help him.
Park here in Russia. This is an apartment house staircase - do not go, all lined with cars.
Grand Mosque. Usually travels I rented the lens 24-70, but for the filming of the mosque took the super-wide 14-24 ... After filming, I threw the lens at the back of the car and thought about it until this morning, arriving in Oman. It was the last picture shot on my favorite Nikon 14-24 :( Remember ... love ... On the other hand, I had long since lost anything in travel, must be corrected.
Previously, the royal palace was a three-meter fence and dense series of huge trees. Now the fence have decided to strengthen and build a real fortress wall.
An interesting way to deal with graffiti. All the inscriptions on the walls of black out. I do not know why. Write on the walls, a king bad.
Painted hooligans mosque.
Another example of folk art. Inscriptions are mainly applied in deprived areas.
In many homes are black flags and placards. This means that someone here was killed in battle with the local bloody regime. During the "Arab Spring" here, too, it was the excitement, but the authorities managed to quell the insurgents. Many people died.
New mass protests began here at the end of last year. The authorities tried to ban people go to rallies, but it caused even more anger.
I was driving through the streets, the people there, everything is closed, some trees are on the roads. At first I did not attach any importance to this.
Then, I look, people somewhere to run ... Well, you never know ... maybe someone forgot to turn off the iron at home?
And then run out some Gopnik in masks and stones block the way. Gopnik obviously decided to burn my car, they were very angry and determined. I'm already mentally said goodbye to the machine and cam ...
Quickly turn around and going back, but there blocked the road. Then I realized that I was surrounded. Their more, go with stones and angry. Unfortunately, steer and shoot with one hand is not convenient, so that the photo is not enough.
Saved me some guy, who explained that there is a war in which small and is better for me not to call into unfamiliar neighborhoods. He showed me a secret way through the courts and some of the field. The photo shows how the inhabitants of the quarter leave before the battle.
Around tightened police and military. Instead, to save me, they get out of their cars and begin to pray .... Most police - Pakistanis.
Arts and Crafts.
No one would Bahrain and did not know if it was not gas and oil reserves. The whole country is studded with oil derricks. Previously, extraction and processing of oil gave 60% of GDP now - 30%. Deposits of the Bahraini "black gold" are exhausted.
Now Bahrain focuses on refining and the banking sector.
On the weekends all go on picnics. Unfortunately, almost the entire country (92%) - this is desert. There is not anything. Therefore, under every bush on Friday or Saturday night stay is sure to be some kind of family and roast chicken. Rubbish no exports, it is usually burned as firewood, too, is not for the fire.
In the past Bahrainis living in tents in the desert. This tradition still lives.
You can take any vacant land and set up camp. Weekend camp can be rented. Take them off whole families. It is worth the pleasure of about 100 euros per day.
the whole family (50-100 people) came to camp and rest. Usually play some games and watching television, chatting ...
Some live in camps for months.
On the sides of the tent are not remarkable, but in fact it is a huge house with all amenities. Here, for example, a corridor.
Login to the master's bedroom and his young wife.
At the highest point of Bahrain, the tree grows. This tree more than 400 years. The nearest source of water - kilometers. They call it the "tree of life", in Arabic "Shajarat-al-Hayat". According to one legend Bedouin - this place was the Garden of Eden, and the tree is blessed by the god of water.
But here gasoline costs 8 cents per liter!