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.