Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Disgraceful

The longer I’ve been here, the more I realize what a bubble life is. Similar to home and Head-Royce, ICS and the world I’m experiencing in Addis is so confined and protected. It’s the life of the elite, the well off, a life where you really don’t have to worry about anything. Sure there are those with problems like asthma or family issues, and I’m not trying to play those down. Everyone has their difficulties in life. But only a very small percentage of the kids I meet ever actually have something serious to worry about, a fatal illness or the death of a mother. Life at ICS is so sheltered. None of these kids have ever had to worry about surviving until tomorrow, escaping bullets or scavenging for food. Mom and dad are diplomats, UN officials, own the biggest enterprises in Ethiopia. These kids go to school during the week and go out clubbing during the weekends, with their drivers always there to drop them off and pick them up. I’m not trying to make it sound as if rich people don’t have their own problems to battle, or that I’m above it all, because I am just as spoiled and take a lot for granted. But I think it’s sad how enclosed they are, even just from Ethiopian culture. For example, there are those who have lived here for nearly their whole life, or even just five years, and don’t even speak a word of Amharic. It’s disgraceful. I don’t know, that’s basically all I have to say for now. I’m not feeling very wordy, I’m pretty exhausted. I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted a proper blog, but I’ve been super busy and stressed between school and sports, but I’ll get back on it soon. I get out of school at 11:35 both Thursday and Friday, and I don’t have school next week. Then the following Tuesday we leave for our tournament in South Africa! I can’t believe it’s come up so quickly. This Sunday is going to be one month with my boyfriend, and again, I can’t believe how time has rushed by. Ah, and so it goes. Until we meet again… g!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Samra
Sounds like you're having a great time. Luv Ya

Colleen

enaseb said...

samra....

this was the blog i was hoping for. a dawning of sorts....may your eyes continue to open to the full realities being experienced by "others" around you.

i wish you strength in your journey.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an amazing girl you are!! I just came across your bolg through Meskel Square and I have been glued to it. You are so young, but so much more insightful than your years in this world. Just this posting says it all for me. Many, many people much older than you never even give a second thought about the issue you raised on this post. Your parents should be very proud of you. I am an Ethiopian Mother with a young daughter 5 years of age. My hope and wish is she would be as smart and insightful like you. I would also like for my daughter to spend at least one year in Ethiopia before she graduates from high school in hopes she learns about life and observe her surroundings, not to be so sheltered and shallow which seem to be the theme of Ethiopian elites.