From Ghana to Kuwait, to Mahboula

Post by Mark

abdulai

Early last month I posted an article about Abdulai Shani, a former teacher back home in Ghana who got an opportunity to come to Kuwait to work as a security guard and earn good money. On arrival it turned out all the promises were empty ones and he was taken instead into the middle of the desert to live in a tent surrounded by a barren landscape to take care of sheep. If you haven’t read that post then check it out [Here]

After posting that article I asked if anybody would be able to help Abdulai get a better job. I received a lot of responses (thank you everybody!) and after filtering through them I ended up connecting Abdulai with a reader named Abdulrahman. Abdulrahman visited Abdulai in the desert and after meeting him decided to contact his sponsor. To quickly summarize things, he managed to convince his sponsor to let Abdulai go, at first the sponsor agreed and then on the day Abdulai was supposed to leave, the sponsor backtracked and asked for money. Abdulrahman ended up paying the sponsor off and once he collected Abdulai’s passport and civil ID, he handed them to Abdulai and then they drove off towards the city and back to civilization.

Abdulai is now living in Mahboula in an apartment he is sharing with a couple of other guys from Ghana. His new sponsor Abdulrahman is a great guy, they called me last weekend from the Avenues where they were out having lunch. Abdulai’s paperwork is currently being finalized and he’ll be starting his new job soon. He’s clearly in a much better place and he’s thankful to everyone.


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  1. Omar says:

    Hats off to you both, Mark and Abdulrahman.

  2. fara7 says:

    God bless you all. Thank you for the update.

  3. Hassan says:

    Congrats Mark this is what blogging is about

  4. Umair Shaikh says:

    God bless all those people who were involved in this transformation. Mark…. no comments for you, just a BIG HUG :)

  5. Anoop says:

    Great Job Mr. Mark…and also the good hearted Sponsor..

  6. Abdul says:

    Congrats Mark…. May Almighty help your blog to help others too… The guy should be really thankful to God and his new good-hearted sponsor ….GOOD LUCK…..

  7. Mustafa says:

    Well done both of you…and God bless..

  8. Mubi says:

    Hats off to you and Abdul rehman..keep it up

  9. Navin says:

    Well done Abdulrahman. This shows humanity does exist here!
    Here’s wishing Abdulai all the best in his new job.. :)

  10. Raji says:

    God bless both of them Abdulrahman and Abdulai. Also Mark for being the voice of humanity!!

  11. MK says:

    This is exactly what sets you apart from other bloggers. You actually do good with the reach you have! Thank you and Abdulrahman for doing this!

    • Mark says:

      What sets me apart is my readers, wouldn’t trade them for the world

      • Mustapha says:

        You can actually trade them for the world, they’d be still a part of it :)

      • Man says:

        Gr8…job Mark.

        As a south asian expatriate who faces racism and bias everyday, this kind of news gives hope.
        Having said that how come educated Kuwaitis donot even try to raise their voices for the downtrodden.
        Is conscience missing…big time?

  12. Chinmayee says:

    That is awesome Mark!! You certainly have made a huge difference to this man’s life, sending you good vibes. Keep up the good work.

  13. World Citizen says:

    Thanks Great News Mark.

    Mr. Abdulrahman does have a big heart.

    Could you provide me the office address or residential address of Mr. Abdulrahman to send him flowers/chocolates as a token of gratitude.

  14. Yousef says:

    Great stuff and great great job to all involved,

  15. Krishnakumar says:

    Awesome. Hope every expat in Kuwait in dire circumstances like this gets visited by the Santa Claus once in a while !

  16. George says:

    3 Cheers for Mark and the Samaritan named Abdul Rahman

  17. GNLT says:

    I Vote you for the new Mayor

  18. paul says:

    Great work Mark and Abdulrahman, you guys made a big difference in the community. Kuwait needs more people like you. God Bless

  19. Kuwait says:

    Well done Mark, Abdur Rahman and Good Luck Abdulai Shani.

    Now where are all those %#$@*!#& who flame 248am with “GTFO if you hate Kuwait so much” posts?!

  20. sala6a says:

    248am is much more than a blog…

  21. Vee says:

    You made the difference Mark, he looks sooo happy in his new pic :)

  22. q8expat says:

    The positive humanitarian side to this Blog…. nuff said !

  23. Fantailfan says:

    The difference in the pictures of this post and the last one where he’s in the desert speaks volumes. Good on everyone involved with this guy’s story.

  24. Abraham says:

    God bless you and your family for this wonderful deed and setting an example that humanity and kindness is still there in every bit of us. Thanks mark.

  25. Azz says:

    Way to go!!

  26. Mohammad says:

    Great work Mark … May Allah shower his blessings on you…..

    Your one amazing blogger and person

  27. InQ8 says:

    Great Work Mark and Abdul Rahman…

  28. lucky_boy says:

    I’m speechless.

  29. TJC films says:

    Good job bro. You’ve been making a difference for a long time. Glad others are truly seeing it.

  30. aaa says:

    Aw that’s awesome. Any update on what kind of job he got?

  31. dfine says:

    What pisses me of, it the last minute demand for money.
    This is what makes this a human trade and end of the day slavery.

    I hope the guy got his salary in full!!

  32. Subin Jagdish says:

    Mark and Abdul Rahman

    Gentlemen – God Bless you. No other words.

  33. Zharsha says:

    Good job mark.

  34. think says:

    Send the original sponsor to jail.

  35. Satish says:

    Feeling very happy about this, Good Job Mark. Keep up your good work and Cheers!

  36. Ud says:

    God bless Mark & Abdulrahman

  37. Ghel says:

    Allah is good. May Allah bless you more Mark and the kind hearted Mr. Abdulrahman. The journey to ending modern day slavery may still be far and difficult, but this is a big leap of positivity.

  38. Dana says:

    This post has made my day!
    You’re spreading goodness, Mark. Amazing!
    Thank you, Abdulrahman!

  39. Yas says:

    Thank you Mark and Abdurrahman πŸ™

  40. Dave says:

    Listen here Mark, how dare you complain about petty little things like modern day slavery, you are shining a light on bad things just to try and embarrass us, no possible good can come from open discussion, it’s not your country, you will never be welcome here, if you don’t like it, you should just leave, and I hope the customs officers punch your Canadia Leb face on the way out!

    I just thought I would wade in on behalf of the usual hate crew as they seem to be remarkably quiet today and perhaps they are feeling bullied by all these nicely vibes. There there little ones. I’m sure you will have more chance to hate again tomorrow and pretend you didn’t see this. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I am neither a good person or in Kuwait, but there are good people in Kuwait. I hope they find the strength they need! God bless.

  41. Sossy says:

    God bless you, Abdulrahman, Abdulai and all the other countless nameless people that countinue to suffer. See? There are good stories and good people in Kuwait. It’s not always bad and thank you for sharing Mark.

  42. Naser says:

    This is astounding. This is what blogging is about.

  43. jm says:

    abdulrahman & Mark u 2 are absolute legends pleasure to follow your blog m8

  44. Sam Farah says:

    Well done Mark and Abdulrahman! Was a very touching story and I’m glad things turned for the to Abdulai. Hats off to you both, I salute you!

  45. AmericanGirl says:

    Outstanding news! So glad it’s worked out for him.

  46. Burhan says:

    Hits you right in the feels.

  47. May says:

    This blog became a way for people to have good life that they deserve. We have to learn in a difficult way. God is good in such a way they blessed the guy with someone like Abdulrahman and mark for being the way to reach abdulai.
    Keep it up Mark.

  48. Mohammad says:

    Props to you Mark and everyone else involved in changing this young man’s life.

    Mark this should become a monthly thing. You shed light on some poor soul’s plight and together as a community, we do our best to help that person in need.

    What do you say?

  49. Ahmad says:

    Making a difference through blogging, well done Mark.

  50. Mohammed Shamim says:

    @Mark one of the few bloggers that use their audience for a good purpose as well. God bless you man.

  51. Human says:

    I may have been a silent reader for years, but it’s posts like this that keeps me coming back and rekindles my hope for the people of this country. Nationals and expats.

    Thank you Mark for being the humane voice and bringing the good out onto the surface brother.

  52. Kuttan says:

    You made my day Mark. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news.

  53. Blaise Braganza says:

    God will bless you both abundantly Mark and Abdulrahman.

  54. CMG says:

    I felt uplifted after reading this outcome. As with all other readers of your Blog; I applaud your efforts and those of Abdulrahman. God bless you both. Wishing future success to Abdulai.

    Well done!

  55. RJP says:

    No comments, as this space is not enough to express my feelings and gratitude for the kindness..

  56. Omar says:

    Mark, I hadn’t read the original post, and in a lot of ways I’m glad I hadn’t until the situation was resolved because it broke my heart. Thank you for using your position and the power of your blog to do good, I applaud you and Abdelrahman for taking a stand and making a positive change. We need more people like you in the world.

  57. CM says:

    Keep up the good work, Mark! God bless you always. We need more good people like you on this earth to make a difference, especially in Q8!

  58. Firas says:

    Great news! You guys rock (:

  59. mungeeman says:

    I t hink I’ve finally become a believer in this blog. I’m not going to kiss ass – but if it makes a difference it makes a difference. and it clearly does.

    Now let’s ALL go out in the desert and rescue the many workers out there … so many in mutla alone

  60. Hans30 says:

    God bless you guys !
    And all the best to Abdulai.

  61. shan says:

    God bless u mark…..all the best to Abdulai

  62. Anon_2 says:

    Very heartwarming indeed!

    May all good things happen to Abdul Rahman for his action, and to Mark for his initiative and effort to pursue justice.

    And congratulations to Abdulai, much success to him in his new beginning.

  63. Mel says:

    People like Abdulrahman shows us that there is humanity among some Kuwaitis. Great work Abdulrahman God bless you and your family

  64. Golam says:

    Such people like Abdulrahman is rare. And Mark, u did a really great job in posting the article. Awesome work!

  65. Abdulai shani says:

    First of all I will like to thank God for bringing me this far. God is indeed worth worshiping. I nearly gave up but Mr. Mark together with Mr. Abdul Rahaman with the help of God restored my hope and faith, this shows how God can make a turning point in the life of a believer. ATAKBIR……. ALLAHU AKBAR.
    My second thanks goes to Mr. Mark for using his noble blog to bring back my life because I didn’t know how I will end up on the desert by the end of the 2 years. You are an inspiration and a life saver and I will never forget what you did for me. Thank you for the ball and the coffee not forgetting the hamburger, in fact you are an eye opener cos I have never tasted that. It was delicious.
    My warm and heartfelt thanks goes to Mr Abdul Rahaman and his mother for their time, effort and the unconditional love they showed me. They actually exhibited that there are still practical Muslims who are the real example of Islam. I think kindness and generosity runs in Mr Abdul Rahaman’s family because his mother is even more generous and kind to the extend when I saw her at first with her employees she made me missed my mom. She is so free and down to earth with love for all people. She is a very good mother and a good leader. May God grant her all what she pray for. As for Mr Rahaman, its only God who can pay you back for what you have done for me. I still remember the first day when you were trying to make your way to my tent on the desert, you lost your way several times and it took you about 3 hours wandering on the desert to locate me but you never gave up. You walked your talk, everything you said you did it. Thank you so much for everything. Not forgetting your friend please thank him on my behalf.
    Thanks to everyone who read my story and wanted to help, and all the people who commented positively.
    Thank you God richly bless you

    • Ayse says:

      I’m so glad for you, and reading this makes me so proud. May Allah guide Abdulrahman and his mum and keep them on His path. They are a one in a million kind of people!
      Good luck with everything Abdulai, use this chance that Allah swt gave you by sending these people :)

  66. MousePotsto says:

    I hope his new job is not as a security guard!

  67. Inkuwait says:

    Evidence of the positive power of social media.

  68. NQ says:

    abdulrahman is an angel! My respect and best wishes to all people involved in saving Abdulai – including you.

  69. Ahmed says:

    SubhanAllah, may Allah bless AbdulRahman for his kindness in helping this complete stranger.
    I’m very happy to read this post about him being free from his earlier situation.
    And good job, Mark!

  70. Mudita says:

    well done xx

  71. Venkatesh Babu says:

    Dear Mark,

    Thanks for the fabulous work done. Good people with good hearts exists, and all of the above god is great .. Thanks for your well deserved service.God Bless Mark..

  72. miwo says:

    god bless you and Abdulrahman

  73. Eva says:

    This issue of deception on the part of these agents is really serious. My name is Eva, I also work as a domestic help in kuwait. The agent who brought me told me I’ll work for six months as a maid, and then afterwards, she’ll help me to pay off my employer so I can go outside to work. She even told me That I could get a visa and move to an European country. That was the only reason why I accepted to come to this country. Like everyone else that comes here, I only got here to realise it was a lie. I hAbe been here for a year and two months, I don’t even here from this agent. My first employerwasn’t good so I told her I couldn’t work with after three months. After days of threats and verbal abuses,I was finally taken to the office.
    I was taken to a new house but God being so good my employer is a good and kind woman. I just pray I finish my contract and go back to my country, so I can persue my education to the university and become the lawyer that I’ve always dreamt of becoming.


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