Day 20: Fear

It was fear that brought us to this place so far away from home.
Fear of crime,
Fear of injury,
Fear of death.
It was fear that drove us to move away,
Far away,
From the imbalances that affect our country’s security.
It was fear for our children’s lives,
Fear for their future,
That drove us to fly across the world.
It was fear for our children that motivated us,
Each and every day,
To not give up.
To struggle.
To strive for that moment when
All we feel is hope.
Hope for the future.
Hope for the children.
And hope that it is not all in vain.

photo (10)If you have missed any of my Migrating North posts, head on over here

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: fear)

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22 thoughts on “Day 20: Fear

  1. So do you think you have got away from fear?
    We don’t have that sense of fear here that you would have had in the SA, but we do have a fear for our children, more so on the economic table, and what is happening and if there is a future for our children here. The future for young Australians in not good.

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  2. Colline, your series is amazing. The post today was probably not easy to write I’m guessing. I cannot imagine in any way that your migration would be in vain. Continued courage to you all, and loads of happiness.

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    1. Thank you Angeline. Some of it has been difficult to write. I am hoping, though, that my thoughts and expressed feelings will be encouragement to some, and understanding to others.

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  3. I’m an Australian who married and had children overseas but came back to Australia for what we believed would be a better life for our children. We still have frustrations and worries but if you’ve only ever lived here I don’t think you can understand just how lucky we are to have the kind of life we do. I still miss so much about “my other home” but our children don’t, this is their life. I understand your emotions, Colline.

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    1. Thank you. Part of what I feel is because I have so many memories of South Africa – and had so many experiences there. We do not regret bringing our children over though as they are experiencing many things that we never had the opportunity to experience.

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  4. A very pertinent post Colline, many people are now starting to evaluate their lifestyle and location, with the changing scenarios around the world, its a sad indictment on global society in general.
    The saddest part is that the people who are fearful the most, are the elderly, they cannot understand fear like today, as there was no need for everyday requirements to be alert.
    Apart from the two World Wars, life went on and harmony reigned.
    Really sad we now even consider our need for a home change due to fear.
    Emu

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  5. I must start from the beginning but I did enjoy this. A dear friend of mine lived 20 years in SA and then it got too dangerous, moved to Brazil…then there too in Sao Paulo…I’m glad she moved to Toronto to raise her children…that is where I met her…we became friends quickly:)

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