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Turning My Anger Into Feminine Wisdom

The world that I'm living in has shaped my personal vision for my life, my community and the world. I'm a woman with a loving heart and very simple dreams; living peacefully and freely, marrying the man I love, being a mother of 2 daughters and raising them in a better world than mine. From very early years of my life, I discovered that achieving those simple dreams is a rebellious vision. My dreams have made me the person who I'm today.

Few days ago on Friday 26th April 2013; a 17 years old boy was killed in peaceful protests in the suburbs of Khartoum. The brutal actions like killing of peaceful protestors by police forces are very common. The crackdown on civilians has led to formation of countless opposition armed groups or in different words "rebels". What a tragic fate of a 17 years old child leaving behind a broken heart of a mother, and unachieved ambitions of young life.

A woman in Kalma (internally displaced persons camp in South Darfur) was putting herself in danger of rape and even murder while collecting wood daily from outside the camp to offer her kid a light to study, pass the high school exams and get an admission to Gazeera University. She worked for years and collected the donations from camp residents to buy a plane ticket and send him to university; she was sending him to his destiny; being killed by security officers in peaceful protests on December 2012.

We cannot estimate the value of something unless we lose it, we cannot understand the value of peace untill we experience living in war zones. Calling back my childhood memories, I remember women forced to smile, dance and shout of happiness in their husbands and sons funerals who died while were fighting their brothers in the South. I was praying for the war to end, for my brother to return home and not kill their competent at all. I grew up in all these horrors. I cannot handle the idea of losing a beloved one; neither the sorrow I saw in the faces of dead soldiers' mothers. I became angry activist who speak out of those problems as they can never be solved.

Now I believe those brokenhearted women could be peace ambassadors if they had the courage to cry their beloved, to admit that they fought and died for nothing, to say "No more war" and seek justice for the grieved. I decided to mobilize for peace and justice. Justice is the condition of achieving lasting peace. I believe in the universality of the human need for peace and freedom. I seek justice for my nation, the nation's striving under dictatorships rule, the impoverished persons everywhere and women suffer because Allah has created them females. I stand by the disadvantaged.

During the past few weeks I've started to explore my feminine wisdom. I'm sure that Voices of Our Future training program will bring the best in me. It is transforming my rebel's thoughts into revolutionist's plans of action; activating my positive energy to address the problems and suggest solutions. I'd like the voice of women peace ambassadors to be heard across the globe. I'd like women to step and tell the horrors happened to them and their beloved, cry and seek justice. I'm not a politician yet a journalist. I'm a community activist seeking to gain the skills and knowledge and find the support to challenge and change the status quo.

I'm seeking a better future for my girls and the girls all over the world. I'm convinced that citizen journalism is shaping the world politics, redistributing power balance through sharing information with a lot of people and diversifying the resources of information. Changing the power balances will change the world and I'd like to play my role effectively in this change process.

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Lortoria's picture

Revolutionist

Hi Yosra,

"It is transforming my rebel's thoughts into revolutionist's plans of action; activating my positive energy to address the problems and suggest solutions."

A powerful sentence, that I can relate to. Rebelling against the grain is not easy, but when its positive and backed with action, it's activism.

Best wishes

Lortoria McDonald

lortoria@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/illumaink
New website coming soon!

Yosra Akasha's picture

thank you Lortoria

Let us revolt and think about solutions.
My best wishes

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Noreen D.'s picture

I rise for you

I read your article about turning your anger into feminine wisdom. Even though I am disabled, I sit in a country that has not experienced war on our own soil since the great Cival War over a hundred years ago. It's difficult to even imagine what you go through on a daily basis. May God keep you safe. I am sharing your article on my Facebook page. I am so honored (and extremely humbled) to have you for a sister.

Noreen Donohue

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Noreen Donohue

Dear Noreen, the honor is mine, I'm really happy that my story is shared in your Facebook page and read by your friends. Peace is a pleasure; may God keep all of us safe.

Sincerely yours,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Walaa Salah's picture

Dear Yosra Thank you very

Dear Yosra

Thank you very much for the well written and moving post, I loved your introduction on how achieving simple dreams are rebellious in Sudan, in fact I loved the whole piece.

keep going, keep sharing and keep the world awake!

Cheers

be the change

Walaa Salah

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Walaa

let us awake the world together :)

Thanks,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

loretta's picture

Infuriating!

I get so angry each time I read or hear from the news about the so called wars, waged withing a country against each other. For me the June 16 1976 Student Uprisings in my country, were more thatn enough. I know of the pain of parents who lost young children, whose blood nourished our freedom.

Reading all the postings that I could read and found that, there were normal people from these countries, people who yearn for peace, people who would like to see other people triumph in their quest to make their lives better and their countries successful and thriving, has indeed humbled me.

I wish that you could be a rebel that attains it's cause. God loves you, stay blessed.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Yosra Akasha's picture

Sharing the same feelings

Thanks Loretta,

God loves all of us, but we need to know that to be good people.

Best,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

loretta's picture

Oh, yes.

Oh yes that's true.

Stay blessed.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Mukut's picture

More power to you

Loved your post. Very powerful and touching. Through this post, i could make out the kind of lady you are - strong and passionate. Keep going my dear.

Keep sharing :)

Love,

Mukut Ray

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Mukut, I'm really

Thanks Mukut, I'm really happy that you found my words touching :)

Sincerely,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Precious M's picture

The way forward

Dear Yosra,

The VOF program is certainly the way forward for you. There is power in citizen journalism.

Love,
Precious

My pen speaks

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Precious M

Dear Precious,

I'm really thankful to the opportunity that I had to join World Pulse, meet all of you and be a part of VOF program.

Best,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

libudsuroy's picture

Dear Yosra, I can sense the

Dear Yosra, I can sense the inner journey has shifted from anger to wisdom, and because of that wisdom, your imagined community is imbued with commitment to pursue justice and freedom for girls, women and your country. It is such a compelling task and I think you have the strength to carry on. Thank you so much for your stories and the stories of the people that your story has included. Best wishes to you.

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

I feel blessed by your words. The task is huge and I'm praying that I can handle it to the end.

Best,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Debra K Adams MA's picture

good work!

thank you Yosra - if VOF does or does not select you, it is NOT the end of your story - you have so much more in you to share and to do! Keep going, no matter what.... stay in touch, if I can continue to be a resource for you, i am a happy girl!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Yosra Akasha's picture

Dear Debra

Thanks for your generous offer of help. Having all of you here on World Pulse is an asset for me, sure I'll be here sharing and communicating with my wonderful sisters regardless the results of VOF. I'll be luck if I've been selected yet it is a great opportunity to be here.

Love,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

ola.mahadi's picture

well dome

Dear yusra it is amazing to read your post here i do follow you blog as well you have good telant and active feminnisim, keep it up amd good luck.
Btw congrats your post was in the home page of the website.
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Yosra Akasha's picture

Dear Ola

Thank you. I'm really honored that you are reading my posts, and I like the quote you put it with the signature its very inspiring.

Best,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Amina_3's picture

What an Inspiration

Hi Yosra,

A commendable piece of writing. It is so inspiring. I applaud your courage and determination. Keep it up.

Take care,
Amina

Thanks Amina :)

Best wishes,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

busayo's picture

You have Done Well!

You have really done well my dear sister, it is such a cruel world! keep up the good work!

Warmest
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thank you dear Busayo, I'm

Thank you dear Busayo, I'm really honored

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

anab87j9's picture

I applaud you for your

I applaud you for your courage and strength. This shows that the spirit of the Kandake is still being channeled down, with all her grace and wisdom.

Much love to you

Anab

Thank you Anab, You are also a genuine Kandake, may Allah bless you

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Yosra

I thank you for bringing this important discussion to the attention of this forum, it will remind all of us that the struggle a woman goes through to see that her child prosper.This woman did every thing possible to secure a better future for her son. but because of this heartless soldier who killed him during a peaceful demonstration.

sarjo

Yosra Akasha's picture

Dear Sarjo

The blame is basically on the regime that allows this heartless soldier to kill, those soldiers have been killed too. Our government is allowing this blood flud to continue and our struggle is to bring peace.

Thanks for highlighting this point and reading my post. Stay in touch.

Best,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Sarjo Camara Singateh's picture

i agree on this points

Yosra the problem with our African leaders is numerous but for i do believed that that did not have the populace at heart and greed is also contributing. During the NGO forum to wards the 53rd African commission session i was privileged to witnessed a discussion group on the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan. where a resolution came out of that group to forward it to the larger group and the commission to address this misfit attitude that is going on.

but with the help of Allah i believed it will one day be a safe heaven for all Africans. My love and respect for all of us and may Allah blessed the whole world and restore peace in all the part of world.

Sarjo.

sarjo

Yosra

I thank you for bringing this important discussion to the attention of this forum, it will remind all of us that the struggle a woman goes through to see that her child prosper.This woman did every thing possible to secure a better future for her son. but because of this heartless soldier who killed him during a peaceful demonstration.

sarjo

milliej7's picture

Thanks for your piece Yosra.

I feel moved by your story and the way you have shared it. I feel a strong connection with you as a woman and as someone who believes in peace, despite having grown up in a very different environment. Thank you.

I love the way you describe turning your anger into action, using your positive energy to address the issues which anger you. I join you as wanting to part of this community of women peace ambassadors.

If you get chosen to be a correspondent how do you envisage using your voice? As a community activist do you belong to a particular group or organisation? What do you think is needed in Sudan to bring about the peaceful community you would like your children to grow up in?

If you don't happen to get chosen, please continue to fight peacefully, use your voice and connect with women all over the world. Thanks again an good luck.

Yosra Akasha's picture

Dear Milliej7

Thanks for your kind words. I'm quite satisfied that my words has moved you. If I got chosen as correspondent I'd like my voice and the voices of many women from conflict areas to be heard and to work together for finding our positive energy to mobilize for peace. I work for a women rights organization and I'm taking part of many youth, women and peace movements/ groups. I'm trying at least to do something and influence change in my community. And sure I'll continue writing and blogging for peace and human rights.

Thank you once again,

Sincerely,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

megzdawn's picture

just do it

a high five and a thumbs up sign to you too Yosra :)

Yosra Akasha's picture

Dear Megzdawn

Thanks for your kind support Megzdawn, the struggle will continue and I keep learning and watching myself not to be drawn back and for sure your support is needed.

Love,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

amykessel's picture

Humbled

Hi Yosra,
These are fighting words! Truly the fighting words of a woman who knows that violence begets violence, and that sustainable change comes through compassionate rejection of what hasn't worked, and conscious embracing of what will. I hear in you the willingness to shape the future of a terribly damaged society through love and courage. Your daughters are that future.

Brava.

I'm thrilled to be at your side as you chart your way forward.

Warmly,
amy

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Amy, I think I need

Thanks Amy, I think I need your help to make such a future & I'm sure with having you by my side I can do better.

Love,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

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