I count myself lucky, as I live in Turkey and bear witness to all the horrors that plague my country. Thankful for all that I have, first of all my life, I think today would be a particularly good day to reflect.
Freedom to choose whom to love and to be able to do what I am passionate about, while my peers in the eastern part of my country are already married against their will and are bearing children. Safety that allows me to create memories with my friends and cherish precious moments with family, while on our southern border innocent children are ravaged by war. Hope for a better tomorrow both for me and mankind, while teens bellow in fear against the injustice and inequality around my country.
With recent political upheavals, faith in the justice system is all but gone. With war battering our borders, the illusion of safety has dimmed even in the financial capital: Istanbul. Not only teens but people of all ages are afraid for their security; for the majority, the hopes for freedom and security are fading away. These are indeed dark times, which can only be survived if we are thankful for what little we have left.
Happy Human Rights Day to all; remember to be grateful for the rights you have now, because some people don’t have them today and you may not have them tomorrow.
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