Together we really can make a difference

I received this email a few days ago:

 

Dear Maria, My name is Krishna Upadhyaya. Just a few days ago you were one of 54,034 people that called for my safe release after myself and my colleague Gundev Ghimire went missing in Qatar. I’m relieved to tell you that I’ve been home in the UK with my family since Friday and wanted to take the time to write and thank you personally for your support. I’ve always felt it was important to stand up against injustice. As a young man, I was involved in speaking, organising and protesting even when this was illegal in my home country of Nepal.  This desire to defend human rights is what brought me to Qatar, to speak to migrant workers who had experienced harassment, been forced to work without pay and risked their health due to excessive working hours in extreme heat. It’s these activities which led to myself and Gundev being arrested and detained in solitary confinement for 9 days.  However I do not feel any ill will against those that arrested me. I hope that in some modest way my case can continue to shine a light on the problems that face migrant workers, not just in Qatar, but also in their home countries like Nepal where exploitative recruitment practices leave many vulnerable to abuse and modern slavery. The work of anti-slavery activists such as yourself is vitally important. Thank you again for your efforts to ensure my safe release. Keep doing what you do in the fight for freedom — you’ve shown that together we really can make a difference.  In solidarity, Krishna and the whole Walk Free team P.S. I hope my case inspires you to know that you’ve made a difference. Why not take the opportunity to encourage more people to join the fight to end modern slavery once and for all by asking 3 of your friends to join Walk Free today? Please forward the message below to help make our community even stronger. ——————————————————————————

Hi there, Researchers Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire were detained and held in solitary confinement for 9 days after investigating the forced labour of migrant workers in Qatar. After 54,034 people sent messages of support to the Qatari authorities, they were released. As Krishna himself said to Walk Free supporters on his return: »I hope my case inspires you to know that you’ve made a difference… keep doing what you do in the fight for freedom».  Please join me in this fight by signing up to campaign for an end to modern slavery with Walk Free: http://www.walkfree.org/a-world-without-slavery/?utm_source=taf&utm_medium=email&utm_content=24sept14&utm_campaign=a-world-without-slavery Thank you.

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στη Μηλίνα ένα πρωί

Δροσερό πρωινό στη Μηλίνα

 

το νεαρό αλμυρίκι

αγωνίζεται να κρατηθεί

κόντρα στον αγέρα

και τα κύματα

 

άνθρωποι και κτίρια

υποδέχονται ευχάριστα

την ανάσα της δροσιάς

πάνω στα κορμιά τους

 

το κύμα πηδάει στην προκυμαία

σπρωγμένο απ’ τον αέρα

βρίσκει ευκαιρία να δει

τι γίνεται στα μέσα στενά

Μ.Σωτηριάδου

όμορφη Ξάνθη

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Ξάνθη όμορφη πόλη

 

σοκάκια σε προκαλούν

να τα περπατήσεις

παλιοί, όμορφοι μαχαλάδες

κοιμούνται δίπλα στα ξενυχτάδικα

 

τόσο μέσα στο σήμερα

τόσο κοντά στο χθές

σύνορα ευκολοδιάβατα

απ’ το πολύχρωμο πλήθος

 

θείο επιβλητικό βουνό

δάση, ποτάμια, καταρράκτες

τόση ευλογία, τόση ομορφιά

στις καμπύλες που λούζονται στο πέλαγος

 

όμορφη πόλη χαρισματική

μεγάλη αγκαλιά που μας χωράει όλους

ντόπιους, ξένους, όλες τις γλώσσες

όλες τις θρησκείες, όλα τα ανθρώπινα πάθη

Μ.Σωτηριάδου