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Bahraini official offers clarification on mbc series Um Harun

Television series, shown daily on the pan-Arab channel, is inspired from Bahraini woman Um Jan

Bahraini official offers clarification on mbc series Um Harun

The series, centring on an elderly Jewish midwife in the Arabian Gulf, started airing on the first day of Ramadan and has sparked heated debates on social media.

The character of the main protagonist in the Um Harun (Mother of Aaron) series shown daily on pan-Arab mbc television is inspired from Um Jan, the woman who lived in Bahrain, but does not portray her real life or represent her true role in the Bahraini society and distinguished contributions to local communities, a Bahraini official has said.

The series, centring on an elderly Jewish midwife in the Arabian Gulf, started airing on the first day of Ramadan and has sparked heated debates on social media. Kuwaiti star Hayat Al Fahad plays the role of Um Aaron in the series.

“The script writers have confirmed that the events in the series are completely different from the true story and biography of Um Jan and are not related to her except for inspiring the character,” Yousif Mohammed, the head of the media department at the Ministry of Information Affairs, said in response to various claims posted on social media.

“Um Jan is a virtuous woman and a national figure who lived among the people of Bahrain with love and peace, giving a lot to the people of the homeland through her work as a midwife caring about Bahraini women, since her arrival in Bahrain in 1937,” he said.

Her husband had come before her to work for Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco). “She was much appreciated and respected by the people of Bahrain, in line with their deep values of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and acceptance of others,” he added.

“Um Jan lived in Bahrain safely and moved on with her life in freedom, providing great services that are still recalled in Bahrain’s collective memory,” he said.

“She was known among the people in Bahrain as ‘Um Jan’, a name that reflects her immersion in the Bahraini society and her adoption of the culture, customs and traditions of the people in Bahrain."

Bahrainis have been known since olden times for their peaceful coexistence and for promoting a culture of peace, fraternity and acceptance of the others, the media head added.

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