Dear friends and readers,
I am the (mini) motoNomad. Some of you may know me, and some of you may not. But today, I want to share something very important with all of you.
As a traveller, I have had the unique opportunity of being able to explore this huge world with my tiny eyes and footloose soul. I want to go everywhere, do everything, and meet lots of people. I want to share memories, experiences, and my happy, and sad moments. And right now, I am sad. The attacks in Paris have made me sad. I look at the massacre that has taken place in the city of Love, and I am deeply saddened. I see users on Facebook changing their profile pictures with the French tricolor. I appreciate your gesture. I am glad you are expressing your solidarity with the French people in the aftermath of this terrible incident.
But, I would like to say that there have been many such incidents in the past few months. Horrible acts such as the Garissa university attacks in Kenya, or the bombings in Beirut just days before the attacks in Paris, or the incidents in Baghdad. I feel sad that no one changed their Facebook pictures when these happened. They are people too, and as a tiny traveller, I see them, innocent, normal people going about their daily lives. Now I read that countries are refusing to accept the migrants. Where will they go? Are they to blame? I do not think so. Please pause to differentiate between the attacker, and the person running away from the same. They are people who have walked for months across mountains, deserts, their belongings on their backs, with only one dream: to find a better place to live. I feel that you humans defined borders, and now, borders are defining you. Please, learn more, be more aware. Please don’t condone one, while ignoring the other.
Say your prayers for Paris, by all means. But pray more, pray for the world that is falling apart in all corners, pray for the lives lost to such violent and barbaric acts not just in Paris, but everywhere else. Pray for the people who no longer have homes to defend, and pray for the world that is falling apart in all corners, and not just in the familiar cafes and towers. Pray for peace.
I would like to end with this quote: “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: Freedom, Justice, Honor, Duty, Mercy, and Hope”
The (mini) MotoNomad
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