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Friday, May 15, 2009

where to go

what if 35 years ago, your government had a change in leadership, and you had to leave your home, your actual house, with your wife and young children, and live closer to your work, but in a much more congested area? And then, what if, after you've been living in that house for going on 4 decades, that government, one you haven't supported, EVER, which, coincidentally also fired you from your job because you didn't agree with their corruption and immoral leadership, gave you notice that your home will be demolished. And you must give them A LOT of money to get the deed to your home, before they knock it down. And what if a different country's government, the strongest country in the world, continues to give financial aid to your disheveled ruler, because they are an "ally", won't let you in. if that were the case, if you were losing your home, where would you go?

10 comments:

Leanne said...

Sounds heavy. And super duper sad. Does any of the money go to help people in the home country or does the corrupt government use it all for empowering themselves? I suspect there is no silver lining to this story.

ethiopifinn said...

i think the money is intended for food, and to help with the intense poverty--lots of people with little opportunity--but it isn't the real solution. I really don't have a clear picture of the circumstances, just what i hear. I hope we will have a silver lining to report at some point. I know that this family's faith is being tried, and they are bearing this cross. We know God loves His children, and that faith is not about always understanding why our feet are shaking, just being thankful we are still standing! Time will tell.
And thanks for weighing in, Leanne :)

Joni said...

I don't have any idea where I would go. I have wondered if we are not on that same road, knowing that this "world" is not to be trusted, while we are distracted with the things they tell us and want us to believe. I "hope" for the best for these people, in a seemingly impossible circumstance.

ethiopifinn said...

Thanks Joni. They are supposed to receive some sort of compensation, but their home is nicer than the rest of the neighborhood (i didn't mention its a whole neighborhood, unless you rebuild on your land wtih the 'standards' the city planning would be building). Waiting for the next step and next update is draining.

mella said...

Sadly, a reality for so many people in the world today... there is much injustice. I pray for this family, hope they are finding the strength to handle their heavy load, and am glad that they have each other. And I pray for us all to recognize ourselves in one another, we are interconnected beings.

Great story on www.democracynow.org today, (If you want a dose of the 'real' i.e. independent media, news, Amy Goodman is the best journalist and interviewer I have ever seen), about a group of factory workers who banded together to stand up to a great injustice they were dealt -- and it worked!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful understanding of faith too, J, very insightful and a great reminder.

Laura Jean said...

Life is so unfair. And I don't say that lightly. Good people suffer, not-so-good people are rewarded...I truly hope there is a silver lining somewhere, soon.

MindiJo said...

Ugh. A tough situation, no doubt. And no solution from this peanut gallery. Let us know the outcome,I hope it is a good one.

Anonymous said...

How scary! I see big changes ahead for our country and the whole world, most are not positive. It makes one focus on smaller things and find blessings in them.

Bette

Confused Chaos said...

Where would I go? And I thought I had problems!
Thinking about what this family is going through makes me sad and anxious.

Jan said...

I think about this when I open your blog, but I can't think of any solution. All I can think is that if it was me, I would turn to my family and friends for help and support. But, that is me- I have lots of family here- I have no idea where that plays in the situation you describe. Alas, it reminds me to be thankful for my own blessings- my home, my family, and that I have food on my table.