Punished for misbehavior, women riot at Asir orphanage

Updated 21 August 2014

Punished for misbehavior, women riot at Asir orphanage

Nine young women at Asir’s public orphanage, aged between 20 and 23, started a riot in the building on Sunday, burning records and assaulting the director of the orphanage after being barred from taking part in future trips for misbehavior.
Asir police and security forces quickly intervened to take control of the situation.
Sheikha Hizam, director of the social and women’s affairs office in Asir, said the current crisis at the nursery is not the first it is facing.
“The conduct of a few, however, is not representative of the other 80 orphans at the facility,” she said.
“These girls have often instigated riots and attacked caretakers at the orphanage despite the fact that these people care for them and look after them.”
“The orphanage has transferred them to the Southern Women’s Charitable Society in Abha, who has welcomed them and is caring for them with support from Princess Noura bint Muhammad, the society’s founder.”
Despite such efforts, the girls have not yet responded positively due to lack of social experience, said Hizam. “They have continued to vandalize property and riot. Such behavior cannot go unpunished.”
According to Hizam, the problem began during a recent trip to Jeddah during Eid Al-Fitr.
“The orphans were divided into two groups for the trip,” she explained, “but there were issues with the first group as soon as they arrived in Jeddah.”
The girls had disappeared while at the amusement park and caretakers only managed to find them at dawn. Even Jeddah police had to intervene in another incident at the mall, where the girls had also failed to show up, she said. “They were penalized on their return to Abha and denied involvement in future trips, which is what led them to riot.”
Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled was informed about the issue and five girls were transferred to the local care center upon his request.
“We did not intend for matters to get to this stage,” said Hizam. “Our main concern is to understand the psychological issues these girls are suffering from, but we cannot compromise the safety of our staff and the other orphans.”
Ali Asmari, Asir’s Social Affairs Ministry spokesman, confirmed that the girls had rebelled against the punishment they had been dished out for misbehaving on the trip.
Investigations are under way under the direct supervision Prince Faisal, who will decide what is an appropriate form of punishment for such behavior, he said.
The Social Affairs Ministry provides care and support to orphans, who are given housing, clothes, food and psychological and medical health care.
Col. Abdullah Al-Shaathaan, Asir police spokesman, said no one was injured in the incident.

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.