Good morning everybody,
So I initially had planned to post an article on the Funny moments of being a mom, however, the last two days on my instagram have compelled me to write this article instead.
To those in the dark, Europe, like South Africa has always had its influx of migrants, those fleeing from their countries to seek better opportunities for their families. Before it was just seen as a normal occurrence of events, however this has dramatically turned on its head with the amount of bodies washing ashore, especially that of children, in this day and age of technology, pictures have been going viral like crazy, and the video I saw this morning has left me feeling completely gutted.
The body of a toddler has washed ashore on the beaches of Turkey, the video shows the police carrying this lil boy after seeing him just laying in the sand. I’m sorry, but how can we say that we have evolved as a race if we still find situations like this happening daily?
Not too long ago I found myself bitching and moaning about leaving South Africa because crime had gotten so bad and children were no longer safe in schools or even just playing in the street. When across the world, parents are so desperate for a better life for their families that they are literally risking life and limb on unsafe boats to find a better life. I cannot begin to imagine the mindset that one needs to be in to make that decision.
How things can be so terrible in your country that you would literally place your chances on getting on a boat with only the clothes on your back, just for a second chance at life.
Words are truly failing me to explain the gratitude that I feel now just for being able to open my eyes this morning and have a cup of coffee. For being able to hug my baby a bit tighter, for having an amazing husband to snuggle with, even for being able to sit in traffic without fear that I might not make it home to see my family.
I know that I am only one person, if I had superpowers it would be to stop war and famine, to be able to help out all these families so that they would never have to be in this position, so that that little boy would be able to get the chance to kick a ball, hug his mommy & daddy, or even be able to see his first day of school. We will never know his name, or where he came from, but I truly make dua & pray that Allah (God) make us thankful, make us humble to appreciate the amazing lives we have, to make it easier for those who are in such desperate situations that this seems to be their only way out.
I do however have one request from whoever chooses to read this article, even if it is one person, try to help out someone in need, if you can donate monetarily to an organization, perfect! If you can assist even just one family or person, to give them just a slight chance of reprieve from their hardship, then I beg of you, please do that. Better yet, don’t give anything of monetary value, give of your time, help out, be nice, search for that innermost part of your humanity and let’s be the change that we want in the world. No hash tags, that won’t change anything, but action!! Physically doing to make this world a better place; Yes, it’s not forever, but let’s leave behind a legacy of change, lets cause a ripple effect that extends globally to make this world better.
This article might not reach far, hey, I might be the only one who reads it even, but I am hoping that no other precious soul needs to wash up on a lonely shore before we all wake up to the reality of the real issues that are happening all around us.
Make that difference, I know you can.
*Update: The little boys name was Aylan Kurdi, he, along with his five year old brother Galip and their mother Rihan had all drowned after being denied asylum in Canada. I cannot imagine what his father is going through, but from me, I ask your forgiveness, on behalf of the human race, for failing you and others like you little ones.
With Love and Peace,