Re: British Teacher in Sudan sentenced to 15 days
I agree with Zug Bound - most of us, as expats, try to learn as much as possible about our next destination, the do's and dont's, the sensitive issues that must be avoided etc...then how/why did this lady not know what may cause offence in a country so different from her own. I do believe that she was innocent in her actions, because after hearing her interview at Heathrow, it just seemed like she did not do her homework at all, especially for a big move such as to Sudan. Where was she when the Danish cartoon issue caused such an outcry, and did she not think once, or consult anyone within the school as to what she was undertaking?There is a world outside Liverpool you know!! Her employer was also to blame because they should have provided some sort of training etc initially. While I appreciate the idea of democratically choosing a name for the teddy, if she had known/understood the complexities of religion in that country, she may have accepted Mohammed as their name of choice, but told them that it was not a good idea for the teddy to be named as such. Afterall, can anyone go to Israel and go about town chanting "hail Hitler" without consequence?? I think not!