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freedom & independence


I was 21 years old when I became a citizen of the country I had lived in for 20 years.  As much as I enjoy being able to worship, learn, work, travel, and live with freedom, as the days and years progress, I am faced with the knowledge that not only is there global suffering, but that even the country that I call home does not place the same value on all people.

A non-exhaustive list of things to think about today…

In November, I talked to S. on the phone.  He was calling from a jail cell and had just gone through a terrifying court appearance in which the judge was deciding his fate. Although there were many parts of the conversation that humbled me, there was one thing he described as the most humiliating–being forced to wear shackles on his hands and feet. 

“We are already in these orange jumpsuits, surrounded by guards from the jail and guards from the government.  We are religious.  They saw us have prayer meetings in the jail each night before we went to sleep.  The Hindus and Christians– we were one.  We did not fight or yell or cause any trouble.  We did not commit any crimes.  We got up every morning and risked our lives working so that we can feed our families.  Then why do they degrade us by putting these chains on our arms and legs like we are a beast they must control?  Don’t we sit when they tell us to sit, and stand when they tell us to stand?  Do they think we will run away from them?  We are Indian people that don’t look like anyone else around us- where do they think we will hide?  We are here to help them and help this country.  Why can’t they see what we have been through and show us some mercy?”

S, here’s to you and others like you, that you will be granted the indepedence that this country boasts, and that next year we can at least celebrate the freedom of a few more people.

Ending this post off with a song about freedom that I love, and prayers that you will never have shackles on your feet and that you will always dance!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mallory permalink
    2009-07-05 11:33 PM

    I am so glad that that you are so aware of the world around you and what is going on OUT there. It’s so refreshing and relieving to know that there are other people out there who are so passionate about this too.

    Awesome post.


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