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Land for Sale

Like the unbearable pain of losing a child. Like the bitter flavor of kissing your love good bye. This is how it feels to migrate from your land. When I saw the mountains for the last time, I prayed to God to be making the right choice, but no one knew at that time.

I cannot touch the hearts of my people, they cannot reach mine. My life is like an art work, hanging in the wall of a home that I don’t own. I am far, very far. My kids cannot see my suffering, my boss doesn’t mind.

A woman in a dream land that belongs to others, that is who I am. But when I go back, I will be somebody. No matter how hard I have to work here. No matter how much I suffer, my land will finally become mine, when I go back.

My assets are youth, vigor and pride. Nothing scares me here, I am empowered by my desire to go back home with enough money to buy land. I have three jobs, underpaid, but it is all worth it, to go back with the victory in my hands.

These, are the thoughts of my mother when she left her land. And the thoughts of my grandmother when she left hers. These, my ladies, are the thoughts of all migrating women when they leave their place.

To reclaim their identity, to reenter their lives, they need to be proprietors of a land that nowadays, remains for sale.

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JaniceW's picture

Migration

Jackie, thank you for sharing this powerful testimony of what land means to you. I wonder if any of the women of past generations in your family were able to own land in their lifetime. Your strength of conviction and dedication to creating a better life for yourself and your family are so inspiring, and I hope that one day we will read of your journey back to the mountains and a piece of land to call your own.

jap21's picture

Hi Janice

I would like to tell you that I will go back, but the kind of violence there is in the mountains of my country makes me not want to go back. The ones to be blamed for violence, call themselves anything but violent. But they cannot blind my eyes. Violence is unacceptable, no matter what the objective being pursued through it.

I have the hope, though, that things will change when women take over the spaces that belong to them rightfully. And most of all, when they use power to do better than just being violent.

Love,

Jackie

PS My mother did buy her land when coming back after working hard abroad. She worked so hard!

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Mwierenga's picture

The vision

Hold on to that vision because it came across strong to me when I was reading your words! It cannot be easy to leave your "love" in order to make your life better. But you seem to have incredible assets that pull you through!
Thank you for sharing your story!
Marlies

jap21's picture

Hi Marlies

Thank you for believing I can do this!

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Nusrat Ara's picture

A wonderful post. Your words

A wonderful post. Your words really touched my heart bringing me close to the women you are talking about. Thank you for voicing the issue, giving a new perspective to the entity called land.

Love

Nusrat

jap21's picture

Hi Nusrat

Thanks dear Nusrat. Understanding, getting to know is the first step to action.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Sharese's picture

Beautiful and inspiring!

Thank you so much Jaqueline for sharing this. This is beautiful, honest, and inspiring. I know what it feels like to leave everything behind to go to another country. I have different motivation than your mother and yourself-which I cannot say is better or worse. Thank you for giving us this insite to the mind of the migrant woman.

Much Peace on your journey,

Sharese

jap21's picture

Hi Sharese

Thanks for stopping by to read this. I think there is no right or wrong here, only the desire of doing things well. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

LauraB's picture

victory in my hands

Jackie,

The generational force of your grandmother and mother are felt. Leaving land in order to buy land-you illuminated this issue for the many women around the world in this situation in a very personal way. This line felt very strong and descriptive. "My life is like an art work, hanging in the wall of a home that I don’t own."

Wonderful writing- really wonderful.

Love your creativity! This really has been an amazing journey on WorldPulse for you!
Love,
Laura

jap21's picture

Dear Laura!

I was missing you darling! How have you been?

I am still pinching myself so that I know this is for real, that I won't wake up in the morning and know it was just a dream hehe.

I am so glad you like my writing. I just want to finish some of my work piled up and begin writing again.

Have a wonderful christmas and the best year ever in 2010!

Much love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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