Have you seen this show? If you haven't, you can catch up online and see the last episode tonight.
It has made me think a lot about walking my talk. I believe that people seeking asylum should receive respect and care, not simply detention and deportation, and that people who have already suffered trauma should be protected as much as possible from further trauma.
But what am I doing about it? Not enough. From now on, I am going to try to do more. I need to.
I need to, at least in part for these boys (now men, if they have survived). I met them at a refugee shelter in Kenya when I was just 19 years old. They had escaped war in Sudan - and potentially escaped life as child soldiers. They were gorgeous and funny and clever. I learned to play thumb piano, and danced and sang with their community (to be told I "danced with a tight bottom" - it was NOT a compliment!).
Coming home from that experience, I was determined to "do my bit" for those boys and people in their situation... then I got caught up in Uni, and life, and stuff... and my efforts have been token ones.
Now I think it's time to rediscover my inner 19 year old, and once more try to change the world...
(um, yes, this post is somewhat overly earnest. sorry about that.)
PS: a BIG thank you to Cath for reminding me...