Afghans clung to a US Air Force C-17 transport plane in order to flee their country. Two people appeared to fall off the plane in midair as it took off from Kabul International airport.
May the souls of the dead rest in peace and may the families who have been scattered emotionally and physically due to the mayhem in Afghanistan reunite and find healing.
It is a sad moment worldwide.
For me, as an immigrant, I made a choice to move to Canada. Back in Nigeria, I lived a good life. We were not the wealthiest, but we were comfortable. We were doing well. We were doing well in our careers and businesses, but we wanted to explore more of the opportunities that were out there. We wanted a head start for our children. There was neither war, nor persecution. We made an informed decision. Undoubtedly, that has made our integration into our local community easier.
We were running towards something, not running away from something. Big difference!
As I write this, I acknowledge that my family was therefore privileged. Not everyone has that opportunity, and I am grateful to Canada for opening its borders to us.
As I saw the horrific videos of Afghans being forced to leave their homeland out of fear of the future, my heart ached. I can only imagine the turmoil, their mental state and the number of homes that are currently scattered. It is only best imagined rather than experienced.
So, now what?
For us at The Immigrant Life, we are now exploring ways through which we can help in due course. If you have any suggestions, please reach out to me or better still, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the larger society, my request is that you find channels through which you can provide support to displaced people and their families.
Perhaps you know an Afghan in your office? Reach out to them and listen to them talk. If you can, be there for them emotionally, you’ll be surprised how much of a help that is!
On the other hand, they will probably know how best to help since that is their heritage. So, ask an Afghan near you what you can do to help.
If you are donating funds, may I request that you donate your funds to organizations that use ALL or most of the funds received to take care of the cause for which money was requested?
Most importantly, just do something. Don’t just analyze, comment, and condemn, anybody can do that. Let’s go practical — there is something within your reach that you can do.
To our Canadian government, what I have read online is encouraging, let’s continue to evacuate the most vulnerable.
Together, we will do our best to get people healed, empowered, and become treasured members of the community. Do you want to talk to someone? Join The Immigrant Life community; we are here for you.
Written by Dapo Bankole.
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