On Libya

disclaimer: this is response is based on my very limited knowledge about Libya, the slavery crisis, Gaddafi, and the lack of a stable government in Libya. I haven’t studied this topic I’m just sharing my opinion.

This isn’t new

There have been talks about Libyans mistreating black Africans for a while now. I first heard about this in Ghana years ago. People were complaining that when they would travel from Ghana to Libya, they ended up being slaves or prostitutes. Most of these people got to Libya with an agent- a middle (wo)man who will promise them a job but after landing there, they find themselves as slaves or prostitutes. This has been happening for a while, I only say this venture into my next point…

The death of Gaddafi wasn’t the starting point

I am not sure where this thought process started, but in the last few days, I’ve heard so many people criticizing the West and especially Obama for causing this. The thought is that, because they went after Gaddafi and killed him, Libyans have taken the liberty to commit these atrocities. I don’t know about you, and I don’t mean to be insulting, but how does that make sense. This mistreatment of black west Africans in Libya was happening under Gaddafi’s nose. Just wanted to put that out there so you can form your conversations about this topic well. Thank me later.

The West has no power over a country without a stable government and why…

Powerful countries do not get involve in crises because of humanitarian reasons. I hate to sound cynical but the fact is, if a country like the USA gets involve with a developing country, it has an agenda and it is usually economical. I guess where I am going with this is, Libya has no stable government presently meaning there are several rebel groups feigning for power. So, lets say the UN or other powerful countries get involved, how would they know who to align with? the answer is they will align with a rebel group that they control. We’ve seen this happen so many times, who is to say it wont happen again.

The plea for the US and UK to get involved on social media

Social media many times get it so wrong. The US and UK cannot touch a rebel group, legally, and I’ll tell you why. Most of the time, these powerful countries have power to make change in developing countries only where there is a stable government in place and they enforce this change by imposing sanctions on the country. Without a stable government, who are you going to impose these sanctions on? a rebel group? come on.

The solution

I have a suggestion but lets get back to the fact that I know nothing, but I think one way to get these slaves out of slavery is their various countries making agreements or forcefully getting them back. I’m not sure how they can do it forcefully and I’m not really into violence, so… I don’t how it will look like. But I think Ghana should go for its people, Nigeria too, Gambia, etc… We as Africans need to take control over this situation.

thats all. This is Africa

update: Ghana has reported that many people have been rescued already

any thoughts

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someone to make me happy

I got up extremely early today, did a quick a work out, drank the most amazing cup of coffee I had ever made, showered and got dressed. I looked beautiful, by any and everyone’s standard.

I met a homeless person as I stopped to buy fuel and I gave him some money. He told me that God would bless and that I had really helped him out. He couldn’t stop thanking me. He told me he wished he had the right words and knew enough languages to say thank you. I half smiled and walked on.

Later on, I needed another cup of coffee because I still wasn’t feeling  energized. I drove through Starbucks and placed my order, only to reach the window and find that the person in front of me paid for me.

I went to my dream job. The job I had prayed, cried and toiled for. I absolutely love my job. It brings me so much satisfaction, sometimes I don’t even realize it is time for me to go home and I don’t even dread Mondays.  Really God gave me that job.

After work, one of the ladies I usually pray with called me to tell me how much she appreciate our relationship and it was one of the good things in her life. She told me how much she loved me and then we made plans for dinner the next day at one of my favorite restaurants on EARTH.

I had a good day.

But I didn’t thank God for it. I didn’t see it as a good day. I didn’t really appreciate all that had happened.

….because, here I was waiting for someone to make me happy.

 

Why am I not learning the lessons?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about lessons lately.

One of my favorite things to read from other bloggers are the ones that read something like this; “25 lessons I’ve learned in my 25 years of living,” or “Lessons I learned after dealing with grief.” etc… I love reading about what people have learned or are learning.

So naturally, I began to think of some lessons that I have learned. But I couldn’t really think of any. If someone was to ask me what I’ve learned from dealing with certain things in life, I don’t think I’d be able to tell them. I like to think, maybe I need more time to think about an answer but I am afraid the fact might simply be that I haven’t learned any lessons. I’m leaning more towards the latter.

Sometimes, I feel like I have nothing to write about because I have been dealing with the same things for quite a long time. For example how many times can I write about failure on this blog, how many times can I write about struggle, how many times can I write about being broke, or unhappy, or life being hard? How many times do people want to read that. Especially when people leave me so many thoughtful comments and advice. If I keep writing about these same topics, I wonder if they think their advice or comments go unnoticed.

But the truth is, I am dealing with the same thing. So I wonder if life keep putting me through the same instances because I am not learning the lessons I am supposed to be learning. Does life work like that? Does God?

I’m not making excuses here, but is it only up to me to make changes? Doesn’t my surrounding matter? Meaning my physical space, certain people, external factors, doesn’t that affect my growth? These are factors that I cannot change on my own or as of now, so my internal changes maybe happening, and I actually maybe learning some lessons but it hasn’t materialized based on external factors. Does that make sense?

I want to write about triumph, even the smallest ones. I want to write about how I came out on the other side, I want to write about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, about leaving the valley of the shadow of death unscathed. I want to give a testimony, about the joy that came in the morning and how I didn’t have to fight to see it. But my reality is, I have to fight to see the good, I have to get dirty in the valley for a while, I have to keep using a flashlight in that tunnel and KEEP replacing the batteries. I have to keep taking the test.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned so far in life?