by Francesca Ferrando
All day I am hearing military planes passing over our home in queens. How can you write or think when the sound of war is so close.. Then I read about the two Moroccan cousins behind the Parisian attacks. She blew herself after saying "he is not my boyfriend". Many memories of my youth in italy, many friends from Morocco: they were kind and wild and had to live in a society in which biases against them were too common. Then I remember being in Paris after the revolt in the banlieu, feeling the tension in the air. This situation does not come out of the blue, it has been building for decades until it exploded. The answer is not violence, is not war. This is the ghost of anger and it will come back again if we do not look at the whole picture..
IF DESTINY BRINGS ME TO A LOCATION WHERE SOMEONE PLACES A BOMB AND I DIE, PLEASE DO NOT USE MY NAME TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE, I DO NOT WANT ANY REVENGE. INSTEAD, KEEP BUILDING PEACE, DIALOGUE AND UNDERSTANDING. DO NOT LET ANYONE DOWN, TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT. THIS IS MY WISH. THANKS.
I send my love to my French family, my Italian family, my European family, my American family, my Moroccan family, my Arab family, my Persian family, my Jewish family, my Hindu family, my Buddhist family, my Chinese family, my Earth family.. We are all beautiful people in beautiful places. We just need to start again. We need to trust again. We need to mourn together all these deaths in Syria, France, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, USA, Europe etc. We need to connect, to talk, to feel truly sorry that we let our species get to this point. No life is more important than other. Each human being has to be respected, each culture, each country. Only this way we will build trust, peace and a future. Violence leads towards more violence, in a spiral with no survivors. We need to build trust, hope, compassion. all the great books of the past say that, all religions say that. We are wise and compassionate beings. Let's start again. TOGETHER. WITH HOPE. WITH TRUST. LET'S START AGAIN. NOW, LET'S GET READY AND START AGAIN..