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Volume :22 Issue : 3 1994      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Impact of Iraqi Invasion Disaster On The Kuwaiti Family: A Case study of Eight Kuwaiti Families Emigrated To Saudi Arabia

Auther : Mukhtar Agouba

The Kuwaiti Families having no previous experience with the war disaster, tended to have less accurate perception of the disaster. Perior to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, most Kuwaiti people did not believe that the war was likely to happen and affect them. Once the invasion took place in August 1990, the Kuwaitis became aware of its impact on their family life.

The response of the families to evacuate their home land or to remain in some other countries, was different from one family member to another. Agreat number of Kuwaiti families choose to emigrate to Saudi Arabia for different social, political, economic and practical reasons. Some members of those emigrated families decided to remain in Kuwait throughout the imminently.

Through intensive social interviews with eight emigrated families, the researcher tried ti examine the strength and the degree of the Kuwaiti family coherence during different stages of the invasion. All families interviewed had suffered loss or injury of some of their members and property damage. Patterns of family response, awareness and adaptation to the invasion disaster differed from one family to the other. This paper tries to examine the social factors affecting the Kuwaiti family as a primary unit of information exchange and evacuation decision making.

The study concludes that, despite the lack of Kuwaiti family experience with war disaster, which had caused great anxiety and panic, the emigrated families were able to cope positively with the disaster by developing continuous consultation among their members under massive stress of family separation caused by Iraq invasion.

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