ID000: Labeling Orphans when it’s not their fault
I may not know much about religion and may not be able to recite verses of the Holy Quran or Hadith, but I know this much, Islam comes with strong support to widows and orphans, knowing that they are treated as second class citizens are should be given love and support more than anyone else.
A few days ago, a one year video remerged on social media platforms, and was shared by many of my friends on Twitter and Facebook, ID000 which is a documentary by SAE Institute Amman about orphans in Jordan and how they are treated. I was mortified. If you are a Jordanian, you know that you have a national ID, we all do, and that ID’s start with a significant serial number, so for example, I am born in 86, so my ID number starts with 986 followed by 2 because I am a girl, or 1 if I were a boy, where the serial follows those initial digits, however an orphan is discriminated against with a serial that starts with 000 because they are classified as bastards. The documentary is named ID000 according to this code, which as it turns out is the classification by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the “Ahwal Madaniyeh division.”
As a Muslim country, I would expect our country to practice Islam properly, having an orphanage for orphans isn’t enough, how you treat them, not abusing they sexually, physically or emotionally is key factor to obeying the rules of our religion, however the 18 minute documentary shows otherwise, rape, crime, abuse, beatings and true discrimination among orphans. It even showcases an orphan who was abused by a police offer and slapped multiple times as he was judged by his ID. Think about it, if it the orphans fault they had lost their parents? Is it a child’s fault that their mother or father have sinned and therefore the 000 digit on their National ID should tell the world that their bastards and that their different? Where are the human rights on this? Why do they lobby against abolishing crimes of honor yet don’t lobby for the name of those orphans who need help, support, love and care. Why are those orphans kicked out of the orphanages which sadly is the only home they have ever known, although full of hate, rage and abuse, yet is the only home at the age of 18? True, but the time a human being is 18 they had developed enough soft skills and has went through an education that is supposed to be redirected into a career that one hopes to support for a life time, yet when living in unprivileged conditions such as those of an orphanage, what do you acquire to support you after your are legally an adult? I think they have acquired heart breaks, abuse, discrimination and demeaning beatings ,words, classifying them as no-body’s in the society, which made it no shocker for me to find out that many of those orphans either commit suicide, attempt to commit suicide or eventually become drug or alcohol abusers.
Islam enjoins upon Muslims to be careful about orphans. It advises to treat orphans be treated with love and care, where as it seems, at this time in our lives, orphans are treated harshly, more or less like a piece of property and often held in contempt.
SAE Jordan has re-uploaded the footage of the 18 minute documentary today after it had disappeared of YouTube last night, I will leave you to watch it and tell me what you think. But before I leave you with the video remember those stats: within the first year of leaving the orphanage, half of all orphans are involved in prostitution or crime, and 30 percent become addicted to drugs or alcohol. One in 10 commits suicide.
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