|Somoil Castle, a medieval |
heritage sight in Ohrid, Macedonia
Tuesday, May 12
Live Life and Get Along
Many friends and family have asked, "How are you?"
I want to assure everyone that all is well here. The violence that played out over the weekend has subsided and all is calm now.
Last weekend, violence flared in a city about 25 miles from Skopje. There was loss of life and damage to homes. The episode was contained although it worried many many Macedonians. As a new friend shared, "We've seem too much violence and suffering. People just want to live life."
Peace Corps has been diligent in monitoring developments and keeping us volunteers informed. Our safety and well-being is their highest priority. If a situation develops, there are plans in place. I feel quite safe and secure.
There are always problems to solve. For example, in Macedonia unemployment is at 30% with the young and minority types even higher. The Peace Corps is here to help. We share our skills and goodwill. We help to build the capacity for a better life. I think in a cumulative way we are making a positive difference.
Right now, I'm remembering the famous quote attributed to Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along."
Of course, this applies not only here, but also in places like Baltimore and dozens of others if we only take a moment to think about them. What people want around the world is to just live life and get along.
Simplistic, perhaps, but maybe worth trying since nothing else seems to be working so well.