I am Human – Bithika: an earthquake or tsunami is not selective in choosing its victims

I am human. My name is Bithika.

I was born in a city divided by a dull-looking wall which was guarded with guns, dogs and deadly land mines. It is guilty of taking the lives of many who sought a life in freedom and human dignity. This is now the past, the wall has fallen, the people rejoiced. Now Merkel reigns.

I grew up in the beautifully chaotic sub-continent India and this is where my mind resides ever since I left.



My father had to flee his home in Bangladesh in the last century and was glad to be taken in by family in India. My mother was born in today’s Poland while my grand mother was fleeing by foot the bombs of World War II. Both sides of my family lost many relatives and their homes and properties due to war in their countries.

We all have similar stories to share – it doesn’t matter what race, religion or country we come from. An earthquake or tsunami is not selective in choosing its victims – at that moment we are all one and can only survive by reaching out and helping each other.

I have told you my story. What is yours?

#IamHuman Bithika

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4 Antworten zu “I am Human – Bithika: an earthquake or tsunami is not selective in choosing its victims”

  1. Dear Bithika,
    thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s really eye-opening to think of all the different stories of migration we find in our families. My grandfather, for example, came from Schlesien to a city near Cologne. I wish, having this in mind would help others in my family, especially those wo came with him, to be less afraid of new people coming to our cities right now. Unfortunately, my experiences are different 🙁
    What do your family members think of the refugees coming to Germany right now?
    Let’s hope for the future!

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