In today's Current Events, our minds are on the struggle between Christian and Muslim militia groups in the Central African Republic. But more importantly: the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians.
The Central African Republic, a former French colony, was plunged into chaos last year after a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels dubbed Seleka ousted President Francois Bozize. They have since been forced out of power, but Christian militias, known as the anti-balaka, which translates as "anti-machete," have been allowed to fill the power vacuum, Amnesty International said, with dire consequences for Muslim civilians.
With tons of refugees fleeing their homes, families of both Christian and Muslim separated and hundreds killed, what's more staggering is that in many of the incidents, victims of these waves of attacks seems to be targeted due to religious grounds.
Though the U.S. and Africa are working closely with some European nations to halt the violence and create a more peaceful and healing solution to this issue, it seems like watching from afar, we're powerless to do anything to help.
...or are we?
There are ways we can help through means of charity organizations and donations. But what we also mean is something more.
While we may not be able to solve such an issue as this here, we CAN help by changing our own environment, maybe I can love others more, give others more of my time, lend my gifts and talents to others. I can pray for the happiness of my friend.
In a world where day by day seems like we get along less, small gestures like love, kindness and compassion are often overlooked and forgotten. But regardless, they are the most beautiful of human traits. Something as simple as a smile can brighten someone's day. Spending time with a loved one may be their last. Being silent and listening can speak volumes to a person.
As blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta mentioned, "Do small things, but with great love", can be as life changing as passing a bill into law or ending a civil war. The more we act in love, mutual understanding and absolute respect for the other (even if you can't fully agree or understand each other), the more we realize that beneath the scars and deep seeded hatred, we truly are not that different. We are human beings created and designed... for LOVE. A self-sacrificial love that serves to no end for the best, the most good and the most joyful towards all.
Our hearts, prayers, thoughts and intentions are with not only the Muslim civilians, but ALL refugees and victims of war.
We leave you with this quote from the great, late-Nelson Mandela:
"People learn to hate... they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart."