Kuwait Crisis

Kuwait Crisis

On August 2, 1990 at 0200 hours, Iraq launched an invasion of Kuwait. More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers backed up by 700 tanks invaded the Gulf state of Kuwait in the early hours of this morning. Iraqi forces have established a provisional government and their leader Saddam Hussein has threatened to turn Kuwait city into a "graveyard" if any other country dares to challenge the "take-over by force".

Iraqi jets have bombed targets in the capital and special forces have landed at the defence ministry and at the Emir's palace. Road blocks are in place and there are reports of looting in the city's shops. Initial reports suggest up to 200 people have been killed in heavy gunfire around the city. It is reported that the younger brother of Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah has been killed whilst trying to defend the palace, while the Emir himself has escaped to Saudi Arabia. All communication has been cut with Kuwait and many people, including thousands of foreign nationals, are trapped in the city.

The government of India succeeded in evacuating about 50,000 Indians from Kuwait. Nearly 2000 were for Konkani Muslims from Raigad. All of them lost everything they had. In 1991 there were hardly any English medium schools in Raigad, and the only option they had was Royal Educational Society's Dr. A R Undre English High School and Jr. College.

The Royal Educational Society decided to give admission of the children who have returned to India during the Gulf war. Around 200 such students were give free education. Many were also provided with free books and other facilities. Many persons were given jobs as teachers and clerks.The studied here free for years till their families settled down again in Kuwait after the war was over.