Kuwait tightens visit visa delivery in anti-begging campaign

August 4, 2010
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Kuwait has halted the delivery of visit visas as part of an anti-begging campaign, a local paper has said.

“The interior minister has issued directives to deliver visit visas for Arab nationals only in extreme cases in order to help fight the phenomenon of begging in Ramadan,” Al Shahed daily said, quoting unnamed sources. “The directives target nationals from some Arab countries following the steady surge in the number of beggars who exploit the holy month of Ramadan,” the daily said, but without naming the countries covered by the ban.

Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification and Muslims tend to be generous in offering alms, money and food to the needy.

However, some countries, mainly in the Arabian Gulf, have recently complained of the use of the month by beggars to make money.

         

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