#1000Speak -Today and always you are my family

 In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Dorcas Aiden, 20 years old , speaks to a journalist in Yola, Nigeria. Dorcas Aiden was another of the girls caught in Boko Haram’s siege. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi) The Associated Press

In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Dorcas Aiden, 20 years old , speaks to a journalist in Yola, Nigeria. Dorcas Aiden was another of the girls caught in Boko Haram’s siege. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)
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I’m reblogging this message of compassion and empathy from Joyezeka, who currently resides in South Africa, but who has family and friends in Nigeria and Abuja. A sensitive person who tries to remain detached from the pain of others in the news, she had the courage to embrace the victims of Boko Haram as her family, despite the discomfort this caused her because of her fear for those she does know who are in danger.

Joyezeka, thank you for your courage, and may we all embrace victims of such violence as family members, no longer dissociating ourselves from what is happening in the world today because it makes us uneasy.

Imagine, even just for a moment, that these victims are your wives, husbands, daughters, sons, nieces, and nephews… Can you feel it?

Our planet is small, and its people are one. Detachment as a coping mechanism is not a solution to the pain and suffering of others. When one suffers, we all suffer. That is compassion.

Click here to find current information about the war against Boko Haram.

 
Click here to view Joyezeka’s moving blog post => #1000Speak -Today and always you are my family.
 

2 thoughts on “#1000Speak -Today and always you are my family

  1. Hi Connie! Thank you so much for reblogging and your kind words. Seriously, having to imagine and to ‘try’ to understand the pain of those affected made me so sad. I know I can never ever imagine exactly what they are going through but I hope that my single prayer will join the prayers of many others and our answer will pour like rain to heal and restore. Thank you ❤

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    1. Joyezeka, for me, although I don’t have children of my own, the worse part is imagining a parent’s grief when their child is effected by such violence, especially for wanting something so natural as to be educated. Only the wicked fear education, for they know that their deeds will be recognized as such by the wise. Your prayers are being joined by many others today because of your blog post. Thank you for having the courage to face your fears and to write about this topic. Namaste, Joyezeka. ❤

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