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Holding Hands, Beyond Race and Gender

In my many travels to refugee camps to give out malaria bed nets, I have been intrigued by the way Africans hold hands with others. It is beyond race and gender. It is very common to see two teenage boys or men walking down the red dirt path holding hands. In the USA this would be cause for judgment from some. In Africa, I have learned to recognize this as a sweet jester of friendship.
Frequently, actually almost always, as my husband and I walk in the refugee camps children will come up to hold our hands and walk by our sides. When you look down and see the dirty hands, runny noses, scabies and ringworm you just have to look past that and realize that this is your opportunity to share your love with a child.
I especially liked when we were giving out bed nets in a village within the Kyangwali Refugee Camp when Jimmy, a boy of about 19 years old, reached for my husband's hand and they interlocked. It was like father and son.
Love is unconditional and beyond the walls of race and gender. Reach out and serve others.



pooza11's picture

you are absolutely correct.

you are absolutely correct. love has no limit. It can have any forms.I do appreciate your writing and we really should think of opportunities to show love when we see children with dirty hands. Just love them.
we feel happy when we greet others, praise others, appreciate others and help them. these things makes us so happy, but many of them often ignores it.

be happy

You illustrated a beautiful fact, that life is so much easier to manage when you have someone by your side, and holding hands secures that person to your side. I wish we had the ability to open our hearts and hands like they do in other cultures. It would make for such a stronger community if we were all to hold hands with each other.

jodelight's picture


Thank you for sharing this with the PulseWire community. Yes, there is such a lovely beauty in connecting by holding hands. It's such a great gesture of friendship.
What amazing work you do. Keep it up!

Warm Regards,

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