Friday, November 11, 2005

Pride over life

Six months ago a Sudanese colleague of mine at the bank, who used to work in the translation department, took the biggest leap of faith. He applied for a job in Iraq as the Operation Manager and got it.

The risks were extremely high, but he was willing to take the sacrifice as he saw it as golden opportunity to move up in the bank. Moving from a dead end job of translation into the top management ranks of banking, with a great salary and six return tickets to Dubai or Sudan a year its a dream comes true to him!

We all thought he is really gutsy if not crazy, after all he had a wife and son in Dubai and going to Iraq during these hard times could get him killed easily. He would have to wear a bullet proof vest and carry a gun at all times. He would be transported in an armored van with high security around it everyday to work, he would also not be allowed to leave his house at any time, except for work.

I asked him is worth risking your life? You’re Sudanese and you would stick out like sour thumb in Iraq and would be targeted by extremist for sure. He told me that he was not worried at all and this is a once in a life time chance that he is happily taking.

After an intensive 3 months program in operational banking matters, he left Dubai to Iraq. I saw him once in between and he told all is well in Iraq but it’s a bit stressful as he had to always be alert incase something happens.

Ironically, he quit the job last week! It was not because the security situation or because the money was not enough. Neither was it because his family did not want him in Iraq or because he did not have any freedom to move around on his spear time. Nor was it because was under too much stress. He quit because his pride was hurt!

His boss was rude and did not talk to him nicely and he had could not take it anymore. He was willing to risk his life but not willing to get insulted by his boss. His pride was more important than his life.

Funny how the world is. That is the one thing I always told everyone about my visit to Sudan 3 years ago. The Sudanese people would die of hunger before begging. I hardly saw any beggars in Sudan although it’s extremely poor but their pride would not allow them to beg.

Once again, I got to see pride having a higher value than life.


Kazablanka said...

Thats a nice story.. so much courage the guy has! lol

all the sudanease people i know are great people mashallah.

ColOman said...


why are you lol ?

OceanDream said...

Its actually pretty gutsy of him mashallah. Unfortunately, in the Arab world, if you have pride and you don't kiss a** at work, you won't get very far. Especially if you work in the government sector.

My boss really liked me, gave me all the important work, sent me to attend this and that, and told me he wanted me to take the place of my immediate boss (section head).

Anyhow, to make a long story short, my boss put me in a position that was absolutely horrible one day in a meeting with very important delegations (a meeting he called me to attend only 30 minutes in advance). After the meeting I told him that I don't appreciate being put in a position like that and that what he did was not professional. Naturally, I was never called to his office again. No more seminars. No more important work. And to top it off, he promoted my other lazy ass collegue to section head.

Rejected said...

I salute him for his pride yet I have to admit I totally do not respect those non Iraqis coming to Iraqi for the sake of money while we are being rejected all over the world just because our country was invaded and we were labeled by all kind of bad things.