The death of two Saudi students Theeb Alyami and Jaser Daham Alrakah in Massachusetts, while attempting to save two American children who were struggling to stay afloat in a river before the eyes of their distressed mother, is sad.
What happened reflects the Saudis’ chivalry and humanity, qualities which distinguish Muslims and Arabs in the eyes of all westerners.
Theeb and Jaser were successful in their studies. They died while endeavoring on this brave and chivalrous act and have become the talk of American media and politicians.
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, said in a statement: “The young men drowned while courageously attempting to save children in distress. Their heroism represents the very best of the international students who enrich communities across the United States. Theeb and Jaser were among the 52,000 Saudi students studying in the United States who bring greater international understanding and diverse perspectives to US campuses and communities, and to Saudi Arabia when they return home.”
This “humanitarian” and spontaneous relation between people of the Gulf and the American community dates to years ago and goes both ways, and the experience of Aramco is a living example to that. There are examples of Saudis who studied and worked in the US a long time ago. Al Eqtisadiah’s page Al-Meshrag which specializes in history and local literature has highlighted these Saudi pioneers in the US.
This “humanitarian” and spontaneous relation between people of the Gulf and the American community dates to years ago and goes both waysMashari Althaydi