Inspiring Times with Inspiring People
My personal vision for my life is to be the best person I can be, a daughter, mother, wife, friend and comrade in arms, and for this to be a continuous journey of learning and sharing that lasts until the day I die. I want to always be inspired and inspiring, and to see the beauty in the world around me and not to become bored or tired of living.
In terms of my community there are some things that I have been concentrating on that have been looking at peace, conflict resolution and justice for the Jumma Indigenous Peoples. This has been my focus for many years. And this has in parts been driven by my anger at the injustice I have seen the Chakma face, not just in my own lifetime, but also through the remembered stories of displacement from my elders. These injustices cut deep. But I also see the younger generation is moving on and they are the best example of how a community can overcome. They show by their endeavours to become well educated and travel and speak without fear, that they are no longer carrying the burden of being victims and they are taking control of their own destinies and they are proud to be Indigenous.
As well as my activism, which I have discussed in previous assignments, I am also involved in supporting an orphanage called Moanoghar in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This was set up during the conflict, and as with some orphanages in developing countries it educates children whose parents may have been lost to conflict, but in many cases, who are too poor to school their children.
Now we are seeing children who have benefited from an education at Moanoghar come back to help run the orphanage and school. This is an amazing contribution for those who have come from such disadvantaged backgrounds, and it makes me very proud of their achievements. I would like to continue to support Moanoghar by raising awareness of the excellent work it does. To learn more about the orphanage, check out its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68979092432#!/group.php?gid=68979092432
The contribution I want to make to the world is in realizing that we are all connected and that our stories are all important and vital and real. And that by working together we can affect change, beyond what we can achieve as individuals. I don’t want to change the world alone, but I do want to work with others to create a fairer global society.
I would love to be a Voices of our Future Correspondent, as it will help me build on the discipline of writing what is in my heart and regaining an emotional integrity that I have been hiding from since the loss of my father. I have really loved the last four weeks, as they have given me license to write and to find my own voice again. I feel privileged to have started conversations and discovered supportive networks with some amazing women across the globe. And I want to continue this sharing and learning.
This opportunity will enable me to contribute to the vision I have for my life and my place in the world as an active participant and positive change-maker. I would like to celebrate some of the important stories I have come across, from Indigenous Peoples and children in Bangladesh, Borneo, Uganda and Kenya.
I feel very lucky to be living in this technological age, with the ability to connect so immediately with women all over the world. I see the internet and the stories it enables us to share as a living breathing part of history. I see our stories and those of our communities being weaved together by the correspondents to create a rich tapestry of dreams. And these dreams will change the world.
Some stories from my travels…
Unearthing the Pen in Karamoja, Uganda
Barion Childrens’ Stories:
Kibera Community Youth Programme, Kenya
In my own words, A history of the displacement, environment and militarization in the CHT, Bangladesh