Tag Archive: Rohingya

A God who obviously doesn’t care

Something provoked me today. Actually, a lot has provoked me recently and I am not going to go into the details. Let me start at the beginning. There is a cyclone coming to Western Burma, right. I already shared that. So those of us who are not in the area... Read More

May 14, 2013 10 Comments

A cyclone in my heart

I have been hearing some really bad news the last few days. The Rohingya people that I have been writing so much about, whom I have visited on two occasions this year, and whose lives and stories have grabbed my heart are now faced with another enemy: A cyclone. Left... Read More

May 12, 2013 2 Comments

Like an anemone in spring-time

It has overwhelmed me to see how many have read the story of Masuda, and who have contacted me about it, or written comments on Facebook, Twitter and my blog. It has made me feel like in this world there is hope. You have given me hope. The story I... Read More

April 29, 2013 1 Comment

When your only goal is to die.

I have been putting it off long enough. As I am sitting in my living room, contemplating what to make for dinner, and how to get the house clean, the media is full of stories of politicians sexually assaulting minors, of lone rangers making bombs that they intended to use... Read More

April 23, 2013 7 Comments

A room full of heroes.

Since I last wrote a few things have happened: The day I held my speech for Women’s day I was actually voted Woman of the year in my hometown, Levanger. That was a huge honor, and something I am still trying to understand fully. I don’t exactly feel like a... Read More

March 23, 2013 Leave your thoughts

Money is more important than people

Yesterday my friend, Dougal, sent me this photo. It made me happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I remember this baby well. He was so cute and he kept sticking his tongue out at me. I just wanted to hold him and hug him forever. Sad because... Read More

February 28, 2013 5 Comments

Be nice or you will get a big nose

Among many other things the past week, we have enjoyed watching a theater Naomi, our middle daughter, has been a part of. It is a very local, very young and very enthusiastic group of actors and directors. Naomi has the role as Limping Lina, and she is angry, bitter and... Read More

February 12, 2013 1 Comment

Where does hate start?

My new Rohingya friend, Mary (not her real name) walked with me through a camp full of destitute people. “Children don’t just suddenly know how to hate,” she said as she maneuvered between the mass of children and others who were following us, eager to know what we were up... Read More

February 6, 2013 4 Comments

The courage to cry

I don’t know if I have ever seen a grown man cry the way he did. Jakil walked into the room we were sitting looking serious and determined. His hair was combed and well-kept, he was wearing a nice shirt and the traditional Burmese loyngi. He didn’t look like a... Read More

February 1, 2013 6 Comments

The courage to live

I was in a refugee camp in Arakan state. I did not know that people could survive on so little. Today I was walking through an area covered with small tents and people in all ages. The camp was one registered by the government.The people living here received a small... Read More

January 30, 2013 3 Comments

Wanting them to die.

Have you ever met people that are so unloved that a whole nation wants them to die? You, know, kind of like the Jews during WWII.   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to belong to a people group that is despised, unloved and systematically oppressed? What... Read More

January 28, 2013 10 Comments

Stay uncomfortable

It’s been almost a month since I wrote anything on my blog. This must be a new record, and I have been breaking all the blog rules.(The ones that say you need to write consistently, preferably every day.) But while not blogging I have kept myself busy with other things,... Read More

January 9, 2013 7 Comments