Society gets in the way of fighting beggary

Updated 11 June 2016

Society gets in the way of fighting beggary

MADINAH: While beggars are becoming visible at their favorite places during Ramadan, such as mosques, malls and traffic lights, officials are standing up to this phenomenon in various ways.
Abdulrahman Al-Ahmadi said child beggars subject themselves to dangers since they don’t care about the changing lights or traffic congestion, and about kidnapping, which is spreading among their ranks.
Mansour Al-Sini said visitors to the Grand Mosque find disabled people taking extra care to reveal their disabilities to earn more sympathy, and hence money, and it has become important to put up signs about places allocated for alms-giving.
Beggars of various nationalities, most of whom are children and women, have been seen in shopping malls, despite efforts of security guards to keep them away. Teacher Mansoura Al-Heibi, said women beggars, whose numbers increase during Ramadan, are usually found in various shopping malls around the Kingdom.
Sociologist Amani Al-Alyan said society doesn’t understand the reality of alms and those who take up begging as a profession to make money. Needy people should go to donation areas and special locations that have been licensed by the government. She called on relevant bodies to encourage people to pay their Zakat and organize awqaf and other property to house the needy.
The director general of the Labor and Social Development Ministry's branch in Madinah said that 14 patrols have been deployed the yards of the Prophet's Mosque, other mosques and commercial centers to catch beggars. Other campaigns will start next week, which is the time when beggars start coming from outside the city.
He added that the anti-beggary campaign teams will comprise officers from the Haia, police, the governorate and officials from social services.
The official said that any foreigner found begging will be sent to the embassy of his or her country for the necessary procedures, while cases of Saudi beggars will be studied by social affairs entities and then referred to the welfare home or psychological care if they suffered from psychological problems. Other cases will be referred to charitable and voluntary bodies.
He said society is the biggest obstacle to eliminating beggary. As soon as they are approached by a beggar in the yards of the Grand Mosque, for instance, they start defending him against any anti-beggary squad. He said people do this because they don’t know the dangers that result from such a phenomenon.

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.