March 18, 2018, Tucson-
Visiting a good friend, northwest of here, I found myself invited to a performance by a group of refugees from DR Congo and a few other African nations. So, on this rainy morning, we headed back into town and contented ourselves, in the on-again, off-again showers and chill, with greeting and making the young singers and dancers feel at home.
They showed an enthusiasm that belies their horrific experiences with the conflicts that stem from tribalism and greed. The emphasis of their messages, in both song and dance, is on unity of effort and on, thankfully, gender balance. America’s youth are not the only ones showing the way to a more equitable world. African young people are taking the Cape buffalo by the horns and setting their elders on notice, that suffering of the common folk is no longer an option of convenience.
Here are some scenes of their performances.
The songs they sang were of gratitude to the U.S., and Tucson, for welcoming them, and giving them a chance to recover from the horrors of tribal and regional conflict. These are all young people on a legal path to citizenship, having been brought here by the International Refugee Council, which hosted a “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” event, following the performances.
It is a central tenet of Baha’i belief, to succor those fleeing from persecution and slaughter. I was proud to be hugged and called “Brother” by these amazing young men and women.