I´m worry...

Francisca Robles
Posted January 29, 2017 from Chile
Textile Illustration, made by Francisca Robles for the book "Victor".

These days have been quite difficult in my country because we have been affected by huge forest fires that have raised the temperature and wrapped us in a cloud of smoke. Thousands of people have lost their homes, animals, sources of work. The trees are still on fire and the worst thing is that, apparently, these fires have been intentionally provoked. Social networks have been very confusing publishing malicious news about it with the intention to generate hatred against political parties, immigrant groups and indigenous peoples. The atmosphere is dense, we are worried and sad. Added to what is happening in the United States and the number of people who have been held at airports for hours away from their loved ones. All this weekend I could not stop thinking about all of them and I have to say that I'm afraid of the way the world is showing up. I am afraid of what hatred can cause, of people suffering, of injustice and abuses of power. I do not know what to do, I see the great powers begin to take sides and I feel desolate. In Chile, we had 14 years of hard times of exile, imprisonment and torture. That is why it is hard for me to believe that we citizens can have some kind of voice to change things when the big countries star playing their war games. It is hard for me to believe in the power of people, but I want to believe because I really want all the minorities, immigrants, refugees to be safe. I hope all Mexicans living in the USA are safe, I hope that the wall will not be built and I really hope the actual USA goverment does not hurt their country. I'm terrified, worried. I would like to send a big hug to all who feel this way now, hopefully they can tell me how they see things, how they think we can help and if they have a hopeful vision of what will happen. I really want to help positively and I want to believe that tolerance exists and we can take care of ourselves.

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Jill Langhus
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Hi Francisca, I hear you. The world is in an interesting place right now. So sorry to hear about the upheaval and fires, though. Holding positive and loving thoughts is key. The world needs this more than anything right now. It will pass. Please keep us posted on your safety and state of affairs in Chile. "You know great things are coming when everything seems to be going wrong. Old energy is clearing out for new energy to enter. Be patient!" ~ unknown

Francisca Robles
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Thank you :)

Jill Langhus
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 01, 2017

You're welcome. I hope the fires cease soon and that your homeland becomes more peaceful soon:)

jacqueline.s
Feb 05, 2017
Feb 05, 2017

Hello Francisca, I hear your message hope and compassion for Chile and others around the world. It is the voices of you, and all of us collectively to show globally that we do not stand for the injustices presented and show that hope is possible. Keep up your faith :)

Francisca Robles
Feb 11, 2017
Feb 11, 2017

Thank you Jacqueline!

Maria Juan
Feb 11, 2017
Feb 11, 2017

Hello Francisca,

I am currently living in the United States, and I'm a Guatemalan female who is also worried about USA. After the election and inauguration of our new president, everything after has been really hectic. When the elections were over, a lot of people protested and there was violence and there was so much hate. I live in Portland, Oregon and there have been protests here and we recently had our biggest protest in history, The Women's March. 

There have been so many rumors and "alternative facts", which are really just opinions, here. My grandparents just came back from Guatemala on February 5th, and I felt relieved when I saw them at the airport. There have been rumors about people being detained because they brought souvenirs with them. A few years ago, my grandparents went to Guatemala and brought all sorts of gifts and sweets, but this year, they didn't take a chance. It pains me to see that people all over the world are scared to do something they would've done before. I worry about my family, but lets hope that all will soon be right. If it isn't, then we must stand up and rise because the system is made of people too. 

Yesterday, at my school, we had our annual Hoodies-Up Day. This is a day in which our whole school takes a stand against racism and racial profiling. We mainly focus on Trayvon Martin, but we include every other issue going on.

I'm sorry if my comment is really long, but I hope we can somehow communicate. I'd like to speak more about our Hoodies-Up day and how you and people from Chile can also take a stand with us.

Warm regards,

Maria.

Francisca Robles
Feb 11, 2017
Feb 11, 2017

Hola María!

Thank you for writing, I am really interested in what is happening in USA with the latin comunnities. I have been in New York a few months ago and I was able to see a beautifull city with people from everywhere. People from different places told me they feel like home there and that they are really thanksful with the city.

 It is really sad to think that maybe now they have fear, or that their families could have problems to visit the country.  Although I have seen lot of support against racism in social medias and in the news, that makes me really happy. Tell me more about the actions that you are taking and how are you feeling there. 

Un abrazo!