Diana was an inspiration around the world

With reference to Niloufar Goudarzi’s Facebook live outside Kensington Palace and Laura O’Callaghan’s report (August 31): I remember Princess Diana as the most beautiful, loving and compassionate woman. As a little girl, I watched her wedding in wonder. Watching her boosted confidence and hope in me as a child, especially when I grew up in the third world. What the teacher in the video said resonates with me a lot.

Fiona Ita, Abuja, Nigeria

His death was such a loss to our world. She left too soon.

Rashida Khan, Islamabad, Pakistan

We loved him and still love him in South Africa. Diana – she was truly the people’s princess.

Shirine Dudhia, Johannesburg, Gauteng

I called my daughter Diana.

Rosykrupa Vipparthy, Dubai

Strengthen a national identity

With reference to the report by Anam Rizvi and Ali Al Shouk UAE public school boys can now wear kandura in class instead of uniform (01 September): This is a good step towards strengthening Arab culture.

Margarett Parro, Abu Dhabi

Old shopping centers

Regarding James Langton’s play The story behind…the popularity of Emirati stores Spinneys and Jashanmal (September 1): Spinneys in the 70s had a decent store in Abu Dhabi and also a catering service for on/offshore oil rigs. I certainly used it while I was there.

Terrance De Brystow, Cambridge, UK

The Taliban have nothing to celebrate in Afghanistan

I am writing to you about Ali Latifi’s article Taliban fireworks and gunfire mark one year since last US troops left Afghanistan (August 31): Women live in appalling conditions under the Taliban. There is no reason to celebrate. The Taliban may be in control of Afghanistan right now, but they need to stop committing human rights atrocities like treating women like second-class citizens. Such laws only make sense to them; probably because it makes it easier to govern an oppressed society, with half the population largely invisible.

Zeeshan Hasan, Lahore, Pakistan

An act of bravery despite everything

Regarding the report UN chief to visit Pakistan amid ‘worst floods in country’s history’ (August 31): I watched the video of the floods in Pakistan and there is a dramatic moment when a rescuer saves a cat from falling into a flooded river. The gushing of the river and the mighty sound of water would have scared many people. Many may not have risked their lives in this way. The man who saved the cat should be applauded for his bravery. It was a courageous humanitarian effort.

Azra Jamali, Karachi

Posted: September 02, 2022, 02:30 AM

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