Saturday, March 29, 2014

Need to help out - Gulf Today - Short Take - 29 March 2014

Need to help out

Life is so unpredictable and several times we get to meet people from different walks of life who are in dire straits.

We often feel we are the ones who are suffering without any respite but when we listen to those around, we realise our sorrows are nothing when compared to theirs.

It was in one such instance when I met a young person. He is struggling, with a job that is not permanent and wife suffering from cancer.

As he was talking to me, calls were coming in from collection units of banks for delayed payments. Helpless as he was, he tried to explain his situation.

But, they were not in a mood to listen.

They had their own targets and were suspecting whether he was genuinely expressing his situation or trying a trick with them to delay the payments.

Life around now is not a one-off situation as this young one. There are many.

There is need for more responsible involvement from community organisations to safeguard the welfare of the expatriates.

Residents should be made aware of excessive borrowing than what they can afford, and at the same time, there should be a collective mechanism to step in voluntarily and help those who are in need of emergency medical need.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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