Terrorism within us

Terrorism.

The word itself rings with fear. You picture the grotesque killings. The innocent bloodshed. Stop! Stop that thought there.

Terrorism as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a noun that simply put, means:

“the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.”

But today i ask, how many different forms of terrorism exist in our lives as we speak? Im not talking about the world renowned big names. No thank you politics isn’t one of my favourites.

Im talking terrorism in our communities. In our homes. In our very own families.

You see, terrorism uses violent acts to frighten people.Violence need not be physical. Violence can be the mere act of verbal abuse, putting someone down, isolation,bullying…the list is endless!

How many of us have experienced bitter relatives?  The ones who glee with joy at your every downfall, and have a sour long face when you have the best of worlds.

The ones who couldn’t care less whether you were dead or alive, but would still turn up at your wedding to simply show of to the world – a world that anyway knows the truth!

The ones who saw you in the supermarket and walked the other way.

The ones who when you tried to say a meek hello out of respect that you were brought up with, simply ignored you.

The ones who took ‘sides’ in families and isolated you. The ones who saw you as never good enough.

Those are the real terrorists. The ones who know you and yet ignore you. The ones who silently try to harm you. The ones who go ahead and add the extra pinch of salt so that your food is a disgrace. That is a real terrorist.

One who tries to instill fear in you.

As you grow up, remember one thing. Don’t be the terrorist in your family. Don’t be the terrorist in your community.

A strong person is one who lifts you up. Who smiles when you succeed and brings out the tissue box when you don’t.

Unfortunately, that is rare to find. But it starts with you and me. It isn’t impossible.

If we start with strengthening our own homes, we end up with stronger families. This ultimately leads to stronger communities. And stronger communities that hold each other up eventually lead to stronger nations. Need i continue?

And if you choose to be the narrow minded terrorist, remember one thing – your journey here was wasted. And when you are gone, nobody will bat an eyelid over you.

Use your time on this earth wisely.

Happy Tuesday..x x

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#someonetellcnn

Kenya in the past few days has had its fair share of being in the global limelight – both good and bad.

Im not one to normally write about such topical political issues, but this one just hit a nerve.

TerrorHotbed. Is that what you called us CNN? IS that how you termed our beloved country?

And just who gave you the right to say that? What justifies your thought on another country?

Yes we have terror attacks. Yes we have insecurity. Yes we are in fear of more attacks. Yes we are a developing nation. But that dear media does not give you any right whatsoever to term us as you please.

Did you mention to the world how we have the world-famous migration in the Masai Mara? Did you mention to the world just how hard our victory to independence was? Did you mention how your citizens come as tourists for our scenic destinations? Did you mention the numerous races and cultures we still preserve in our country? Did you even mention that the Global Summit was being held in this Terror Hotbed?

No dear CNN. Because like most people out there you were too busy picking out our flaws.

Media has the freedom of speech- but why does the very same media go on and on day in day out to give us negative news? Is your mission to fill the brains out there full of terror and negativity?

Have you ever stopped to think just how your “terror hotbed” might just be a reason for a terrorist somewhere to smile? Are you fueling the fight or are you out there to help us get back our calm?

Take a moment CNN – Maybe if your reported us and the rest of the world in a positive light, you might just bring about a new revolutionary positive mind shift. Because thats what we need. We need the world to see good and do good.

As a developed nation, the most you could have done is to guide us out of this. Dont fuel this fire. Don’t send your reporters looking for “hot” topics to right about. Send them to write about our endless rivers. About our picturesque Mt Kenya. About the stylish holiday getaways that overlook crocodile infested waters. About craters and valleys. About gorges and deserts. About mud huts and thatched roofs. About out innovations. About our evolving technology. About our ability to fight back to this monster called terrorism. About the ability to stand up as a nation.

Remember – OBAMA or no Obama – Life goes on for us. Your terror hotbed might be a standstill for this weekend, but we will wake up on Monday morning and forget about your name calling. We will go to work and earn our daily bread. We will shape our economy as our kids learn one more thing this Monday morning.1

Lest you forget what humanity is about, we are trying.

Remember CNN, if our #kiderograss grew overnight – Nothing – I repeat Nothing is impossible in our country.

Give us the spotlight CNN – but for all the right reasons this time

#Weareone

It has been a week since you led our country to confusion. Since you stormed into our safe Candle_of_hopehavens and made a mockery of this thing called Life.

Innocent children wailed as you tore the merry making into a war zone. As you tore mothers from their children. As you broke up families. You fired mercilessly, you turned a bright full-of-life Mall into a Graveyard. You watched as scores of people died at your mercy. The very same people made of the same flesh and blood as yourselves.

But more than that, it has been a week of endless patriotism for us.

Your bullets tore through us and wounded even our strongest. You tried to bring our country down. You succeeded in bringing mayhem. You succeeded in killing our people. You succeeded in bringing about a fear that will long give us the shivers. Yes you succeeded in all that.

But the one thing you didn’t succeed in is strength. Every soul you tortured and killed in this week was a soul with a free spirit and a soul able to live at peace in her own country. A freedom you so long yearned for but have never succeeded. The very freedom that angered you.

But what instead you did – is you showed us a Kenya we have never seen before. We saw people come out together and hold hands. We saw different religions and races..different genders and ages come together. You helped us put aside our differences and come together. You helped us become a stronger nation.

We discovered that no human on that fateful day was greater than the other. We discovered that people of all religions were to be safe on our soils. We realised that those who bore the wrath did not die in vain.

We comforted each other, we still fed each other. We got up and though brutally shaken, we still got on with our lives. We still dared to dream. We still wished. We still prayed. As a nation, we still woke up to a sun that shone brighter than the fateful day you etched in our history.

As a country we will mourn the deaths of our fellow brothers and sisters. We will flinch at the bloodshed. But as a nation we have come together. We will heal the wounded. We will comfort the disturbed. We will overcome this.

After all, it is only HE who created us, who can decide when he wants us back. Let no human make that decision for him. Let no nation weep at the blood spilled on her soils.

Kenya

Be at peace,

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