The next time before you complain…

Hussein witnessed his entired family been killed except for his brother who takes care of him now in Norway. He too was stabbed and has lost the ability to walk and has a serious mental condition. Because his story was heard the Norwegian government has granted him temporary permission to remain. Still Image from the film courtesy of the web trailer from http://vimeo.com/52241270
Hussein witnessed his entire family been killed except for his brother who takes care of him now in Norway. He too was stabbed and has lost the ability to walk and has a serious mental condition. Because his story was heard the Norwegian government has granted him temporary permission to remain. Still Image from the film courtesy of the web trailer from http://vimeo.com/52241270

Today I had the privilege of watching the documentary ‘Nowhere Home’ by the inspiring Norwegian film-maker Margreth Olin at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London.

She tells the story of boys from Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iraq and other war-striken countries who seek asylum in Norway, but who will be sent back to their countries as soon as they turn 18.

They try to escape a horrific life; experiencing people been killed, even their close family and friends, and to think that they have to go back to these conditions. Khalid, a boy portrayed in the film, say there is no hope in Afghanistan, there is no humanity.

For most of us, the day we turn 18 is special, we celebrate with big parties and embrace a life of freedom as an adult. But for these boys, the day they turn 18 is the end of their lives.They know no freedom, they have no hope for a future. It makes me wonder, and I hope it makes you wonder too… what is it that we have to complain about? We have hope for a future, we have the freedom and the choice to choose our paths… But these boys, they have a future of fear, trying to illegally cross borders to be safe and face the ruthless authorities who imprison them.

We have a lot to be thankful for. And if you don’t have the desire or the ability to take a risk like Margreth Olin to give a voice to these boys and so many others who suffer like them, the least you can do is to think about them the next time before you complain.

My best wishes are with Margreth who is working tirelessly to change the system in Norway to give children like Khalid and Hussein hope.

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One thought on “The next time before you complain…

  1. You are quite right, we are indeed blessed. Life is not fair and that is an universal truth. While we need voices like yours to bring consciousness to the injustice that happens due to laws that are not favourable to some lets hope the law makers look at things with an eye for greater good for humanity.

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