Bahrain’s watermelon man

This is Bahrain’s Watermelon man.
Zakareya Al Kadhem is the Chairman of Bahrain’s Sickle Cell Anemia Society and a sufferer himself. And, like any other sickle cell anemia patient, he requires frequent hospitalization to manage his condition.
But, over time, this tireless patient rights’ campaigner become so engrossed in what his “subjects”, and he himself, suffer from, that he constantly devises new plans to alleviate their suffering.
“The summer is a great time for some very effective therapy,” he says. “Since the one sure way to get relief from sickle cell disease symptoms is to stay hydrated, what better way than to eat, and ‘drink’ watermelons,” he says.
“This is the watermelon season and plenty of these are easily available and are very affordable as well.
“I encourage everyone to have as much watermelon as possible in any form whatsoever and this, over the last few years, has helped. There are now fewer hospital referrals for us patients and, certainly, fewer fatalities.
“I am not saying this is a cure but, yes, it is something that reduces the symptoms considerably.
“After all, how much water can one have and for how long. With watermelons, there is no such issue. Anyone is up for a sweet watermelon at any time.”
His campaign has now come to such a pass that he always gives watermelons as gifts, and receives watermelons at his home at all times from his friends and admirers. Recently when he himself was hospitalised, he received scores of watermelons as opposed to flowers and sweets along with Get Well Soon messages.
“We even have real watermelon chunks as ‘cake’ at children’s birthdays. It’s a win-win situation for everybody and we’re all happy.”
May his tribe prosper!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. writenlive says:

    The fact that watermelon could somehow alleviate the symptoms of a serious life threatening condition is really interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, indeed! Since it keeps the sufferer hydrated all the time, the frequency of painful episodes are reduced. And that’s a huge plus!


  2. Littlesundog says:

    Great photos! We have a watermelon festival each August at a town nearby. I love the orange-meated melons best! They’re much sweeter than the red.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We normally have watermelons throughout the year but the summer ones are the best. This gentleman is a watermelon ambassador if you may😎


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