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Inspired by my fellows by Tim

Friday, November 10, 2006
Being a member of Write to Life writing group has benefited me in many different ways, I have to admit. It's really, really amazing coming across different talents from different backgrounds but with almost an identical past enemy: persecution or torture. One of the things that strike me the most is, I discover that most of my experiences are shared by my colleagues.

It has been also amazing learning about our differences, having come from different parts of the globe. The biggest surprise comes when I find striking similarities in certain beliefs or way of life between my people in the DRC, and say people in Syria. So this is only one of the many unique benefits Write to Life and LOBI has offered.

Another priceless benefit has been that of learning from my fellow members at the Write to Life and LOBI through their writings. Hassan Bahri is one example of them. Having survived persecution in Syria, Hassan is now member of the write to Life. A fellow writer whose pieces of writing make me identify myself as well as his writings' sense humor making it look irresistibly powerful. This is evidenced in almost all his pieces of writing but A Reporter Who Died From Obesity and Never bury Your Shit Too Deep have got to be my favorites, difficult to call though. You can read and learn more about Hassan and his writing here...

Saddam to Hang by Tim

Monday, November 06, 2006
Saddam Hussein's verdict has made me think. Just like many people, I am wondering if hanging Saddam would be a wise thing to do. In my opinion, Iraqis are really really suffering. Having seen first hand what war can do to a nation (especially to the many innocents citizen) I can figure what it is exactly like for the people of Iraq. Saddam's sentence has also challenged my own perception of how I want justice to be carried out wicked against leaders who have oppressed us so heavily. I mean, even those who put me in jail and tortured me. Up until now, I thought hanging or killing them would be perfect justice. But the Saddam's saga makes me not to be sure now.

And so my wish and prayer for Iraq is that they unite. Anything that can possibly help tear this country apart, in my humble opinion, is to be avoided at all cost. I think, for the current situation in Iraq, Wisdom not justice at first needs to avail. It is believed by many that Mandela's wisdom paved a way for a prosperous South Africa, not brutal justice.

Perhaps the situations are different from what's going on with Saddam's Iraq and what has happened in the DR Congo, my Country. But as the BBC highlighted Saddam's career, I realized that he spent 30 years in power oppressing his people. Mobutu spent more of the same number of years inflicting terror and dictatorship on the people of the Congo. This brought me to think that we in the Congo and our friends in Iraq have had to journey the same path for almost the same period.

But coming back to Saddam's verdict, I think there seem to be just a lot of injustice going on all over place (especially with situation in the Middle East - the latter only chosen because that's what people seem to be aware of or even interested in) and that seems to make even the Saddam verdict look unjust.

Politicians by Tim Malmo

Saturday, November 04, 2006
Are they always right? That's not human anyway! But why can't they admit so easily like the average number of the rest of us would do when we are, at least, shown that we are wrong. I'm not sure about you, but I couldn't help myself but laugh as I saw Bush speaking about Iraq. Well, the thing is, the more he speaks about Iraq, the more his face looks a funny one to me. Don't get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for him for being the president of the United States of America.
Or think about this. We vote them to respresent us (just like the Americains did about twice in favour of Bush). That's because we trust them, isn't? Perhaps it is time for us to start considering that by endorsing a politician, one does endorse not only his policy (oh I forgot, maybe his looks too) but his rubbish and stubborn mistakes as well. In the name of fairness. Or what do you think?????