A news item about Bahrain, this time not about babies suffering from police teargas … a five-year-old child shot … an eleven-year old child jailed for playing on a street … pro-democracy activists and athletes tortured by a prince … a poetess tortured by a princess …
This video is called Bahrain Desert Birds – BBC Planet Earth.
From Gulf Daily News:
New botanical garden on way
By Bushra Al Sayegh
Thursday, June 21, 2012
BAHRAIN‘s oldest theme park could soon be transformed into a natural reserve that will feature a major bird sanctuary.
The BD4 million project will overhaul the 45-year-old Salmaniya Water Garden into a habitat for rare bird species with artificial water ponds and green zones, which include botanical gardens.
The new Botanics Water Garden will also feature tiny islands that would host migrating birds and an educational centre, which aims to educate the public and children on the importance of preserving the environment and its wildlife.
The Manama Municipal Council yesterday agreed on initial plans to revamp the existing facility, which has been neglected for years and turned into a swamp with only a few amusement rides.
According to initial plans, the project could be completed in around three years and it would cover 65,689sqm with a state-of-the-art entertainment area, public facilities and children’s corner.
“Around BD4m will be spent to renovate the old water garden and make it look like a real one,” said council services and public utilities committee chairman Fadhel Al Qaidoom.
“It will be developed into a garden that reflects botanical water garden with green walkways, bird sanctuary, green fields and a food court.
“There will also be a small artificial island that will function as a habitat for migrating birds and we will try our best to preserve old trees in the old park by making it part of the new project.”
I met Abdullah Fadlain (fictional name) in a Bahraini village. He was detained from April 24, 2011 until July 3, 2011 and says he was tortured multiple times. Fadlain has previously published his testimony online, but he agreed to share his shocking story in person. After finishing, our translator, human rights activist Zainab Al Khawaja, told me that she hadn’t translated everything. Some parts were just too humiliating for him to repeat in our presence: here.
The Bahraini court received torture allegation against son of the king from activist Mohamed Almoqdad on 19 June 2012: here.
U.S. Hypocrisy on Parade: Washington Arms Bahrain, Denounces Russia For Arming Syria: here.
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