BETWEEN FRIENDS: Our common humanity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:59

By Fatima Pir T. Allian


I joined the indignation rally few weeks ago in this city.  There were students, businesswomen and men, some in the academe, religious sector, NGOs and CSOs. There were conversations during the 35-minute walk amongst the students in front of me. One lady commented that this is her first time to witness and be part of ‘walking for peace and claiming rights of others’. While her classmate smiled for a moment and said, “ posible ba se?” (Is that possible?) That made me reflect a lot during the activity. I asked the same question if that was possible? To my left I saw people smiling with one another. To my right I could hear whispers of prayer for our safety. Behind me where elder leaders conveying their salam to familiar faces while walking towards Plaza Pershing. We were just few meters away from our final destination when I saw two male students rushing to join the line in front of us and asked the group, “we are one with you in praying for peace for the City and for the IDPs. Can we join? “  That made me smile and whispered Alhamdu Lillah (Praise be to God).

In that rally I felt a celebration of people coming together to value life. The moment we all started to walk as one, you can hear the pulse of every bakwit surviving each day, that is 225 days today the 21st of April.  That gathering was an occasion for us to remember our individual and collective obligation towards each other. It was also a wake up call for all of us to come together this time, TODAY, not tomorrow, but NOW to move forward in reclaiming the rights of the IDPs, our Bakwits to live a dignified life. That gathering represents our common humanity to protect the lives of the innocent so there will be no more deaths of elders, mothers and their children, to call for better shelter and livelihood opportunities, nutritious food in every table or floor of every tents and bunk houses in the evacuation centers, transition sites and communities that adopted them, to protect women and girl-children from violence and abuse.

We pray in all humility that before the coming days of the Holy of Month of Ramadan the bakwits will be blessed with our Beloved’s Love and Mercy:

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (2:186)