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Having Enough to Answer A Desperate Cry for Help

Having Enough to Answer A Desperate Cry for Help

This is a different kind of day. It is a day of sadness. One of us is in jail, and we have appeals all over social media, to raise $10,000 to bail her out. Today, I divert from my usual kind of article to appeal to all of us people of good will, to unite

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This is a different kind of day. It is a day of sadness. One of us is in jail, and we have appeals all over social media, to raise $10,000 to bail her out.

Today, I divert from my usual kind of article to appeal to all of us people of good will, to unite together as one, and come to the aid of our sister Veronica who has been in jail since April last year, to donate whatever little we can, to see her back with us. Details can be found on the GoFundMe page, given below. To be in jail even for a day is bad enough, let alone a whole year.

It’s a sad day because she is just one among so many immigrants who are in jail because for one reason or another, they do not have legal status to be in this country. Her plight might be an answered prayer for the many others who are in jail with no one to assist them. Maybe this will mobilize us to ensure our people do not remain in jails for so long.

I know everything including hard situations come our way for a reason. It is a most terrible thing to be in jail, but in jail in a foreign country, I would not even know how to express that.

When we all make efforts to leave our countries to go abroad either for greener pastures or for whatever reasons, jail is one of the last things that anyone ever thinks about. I remember how I unrealistically thought of life in diaspora as the ‘ideal’ life, and completely forgot how blessed I was. Life doesn’t have to be lived in diaspora to be ideal, as experience has taught me; we can have an ideal life wherever we are, just please don’t let it be in jail – (although, even in jail, there are testimonies of how God uses the occasion to bless people).

Sometimes when some things happen, we are called upon to review our lives, and realize just how blessed we are.

To wake up a free person, that is enough. To live without fear of being tormented or defiled, that is enough. To be up and about with or without papers, we have enough. To walk on the streets though no penny, we have enough. To be able to go to hospital without an escort, we have enough. To eat what we want when we want and have extra food in our fridge, we have enough. To sleep on a comfortable bed, sofa or on the floor if not in jail, we have enough. To call our friends and chat on end, we have enough. To see and talk with our kids every day, that is enough. To live without the uncertainty of four walls with strangers, that is enough. To shower when and how we want, that is enough. To have a change of clothes when and how we want, that is enough. To have the privacy of our room, that is enough. To have savings in our bank, that is enough. Working that job that we really don’t like, that is enough. Living without knowing the pain and misery of incarceration, that is enough. Having never been in jail, that is more than enough. To be able to help someone in need, that is a blessing. Praying when we cannot give in cash is also a great help.

Just because we do not have what we think we ought to have, does not mean that God has forgotten us. The nightmare of going to court for someone who has never been to court can be extremely terrifying. It is good to talk of these experiences because most people who come to the USA without papers are not aware that things like these do happen. Some matters are hushed to maintain that all is rosy. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on how we look at it. Personally, I think it is good to have as much knowledge as we can of any situation so that we make informed decisions. The sad thing is that one does not have to be a criminal to end up in jail. It could happen to anyone and it can be really shocking. Being in the USA without legal documentation is considered a crime and it doesn’t take much to end up in jail; a simple traffic offence could quickly escalate into something big. There are some very beautiful experiences in diaspora just like anywhere else, but there are also some that can be very bad and ugly, such as being in jail.

Maybe if we looked around us quite well and counted our blessings, we would know as my teacher did when she once said: “You have enough; just never forget that you always have enough, as long as you are free”.

Let’s continue taking care of one another because as we do so we take care of the universe, for we are all one.

It is still a beautiful world; let us strive to be happy.

We have enough to touch a life and make a difference. To donate to Veronica’s aid, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/veronica039s-immigration-funds-appeal.  Cashapp: +1 678 205 6692 ($dnkatha).

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

SUSAN WAMBUI

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