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Happy Thanksgiving 

Traditionally it is the season to share, care & invite family and friends to a feast. Hopefully we will remember to be thankful for each other and for all our blessings.

 To some of us, the spirit of Thanksgiving means more than that. We think deeper thoughts and ponder deeper questions, and a new struggle starts.  

 What are we thankful for this year?

 I can't answer for others but I am thankful for being alive. I am thankful for my faith which keeps me focused, grounded, calm and peaceful under the current violent atmosphere in our world. I am thankful for my children who are the joy & the light of my life and for my family for all their unconditional love & support, ( especially my mother who is terminally ill). I am blessed with caring friends and a place to call home: my country, where I can still voice my opinion. I am thankful for my remaining freedoms.  Most of all,  I am very thankful to have a heart that holds neither hate nor anger towards another human being but instead feels compassion and empathy for the victims of injustice and oppression.   

I would love to alleviate that pain from the world if I could. That is where I need your help. In this festive season please remember those who are struggling in all aspects of their life. Please, please try to stand by them to strength their voices, to fulfill their needs and to give the gift of hope.

Let us all care about only one race: The Human Race.

 Have a great weekend.

 Best regards,

Samina Faheem Sundas,
AMV Executive Director,
November, 25, 2004