This post may come as a celebration for a great day that I just had, or simply as a manifesto for something that I should had already written. One thing I can tell you for sure: when I feel life couldn't get any better, I sometimes end up thinking about those who are being prevented from the same good luck.
Today I recall a good friend who deserves a better life than the one he has right now. I feel like sharing this story.
OK, so imagine a place where "40% (of the) people live below the official poverty line of 55 US cents a day". Imagine that not only you live there, but you also live it, in your skin. You have a family to support, you are a young man, starting your career. Often you remember those days back when you had no choice but to live in the mountains, in the jungle, because there was a bloody and silent war going on. You have seen people die, you have had to use a fake name - and you were a child, playing the "pretending game".
Ten years have passed, the fight was won.
You were lucky to have the opportunity to study and to graduate.
You now live in the most simple house, two rooms, a living room, a family of 15.
You are the only one working, to support your family - for several reasons. You were definitely raised with one thing in mind: share the little that you have with your people.
You have a good job, earning something like 200USD a month. With this money, you pay for your family's white rice and vegetables. Sometimes chicken. You are surprised to find out that in the same company where you work, the range of wages can go from 150 USD to some thousands of USD. You don't completely understand this huge difference, and you feel wrathful about it. You post about it in your blog. You are suspended from job.
So it is not about fighting for independence, for the castration now comes in different ways.
My friend belongs to a group of too many people who suffer wrong consequences and attacks for having used the right for online freedom of speech. Not only he has lost his job. His life and the life of 15 other people directly related with his have changed to a point of no return.
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