(A to Z Blog Challenge 2015 – Back to Africa) My best friend came to visit us in Holland after returning from the Central African Republic, so I asked if she would guest blog for today’s “C.” –Kristin
(Guest Blogger Sara Rasnake)
Who would have guessed that half a world away and many decades later, Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech would be inspiring children in the Central African Republic. Lifting up people a life time away who have experienced so much strife.
The Central African Republic, (i.e. CAR) is a beautiful country rich in natural resources. Its people are intelligent, kind, and entrepreneurial.
What they don’t have is infrastructure. Many schools have been destroyed. Many families have lost loved ones. Though many people are ready to start over, petty crime as well as home invasions and other more serious infractions are still a problem.
The people are tired of violence. They want disarmament, they want an end to a culture of impunity, and they want someone reliable to vote for in the next elections.
While I was there, I spoke with women who can turn 5000 francs ($10) into 40,000 francs in a matter of months if given the chance. I met school kids trying to learn guitar even though no one had yet taught them how to tune their instrument.
I met people working really hard to realize their dreams for a peaceful and prosperous life. And it’s my hope that with their spirit and initiative they will be able to do just that, and very soon.
Sara Rasnake works for the U.S. State Department. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Paris, France. The views expressed here are personal.