Diving for Pearls gives young men from Kuwait a connection to the past

Published August 12, 2010 in the NY Times:   It seems Kuwait Oil has spoiled a whole generation of young men used to luxury, shopping malls, and affluence.   Elders from the community are concerned that they have a whole generation of people who have gone ‘soft’.   To avert this, they have created an annual pearl-diving expedition to connect young Kuwaiti men with their pre-oil past. Since 1986, each summer young men (mostly in their teens and 20s) board traditional sailboats and sail for 60 miles to the oyster beds to dive for pearls.   These pearls once drove the economy in Kuwait, which, of course, is now dominated by the Oil and Gas industry.   It’s funny that a fishery for the luxury of pearls is now a source of ‘toughening up’ for a whole generation of men.   Whether it works or not, it is great to see an old fishery tradition thrive. Here is a link to the original article:   https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/world/middleeast/13kuwait.html?ref=fish_and_other_marine_life

Photo Credit: Moises Saman for The New York Times

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