The vision of our Time

The vision of our Story does not make our journey less difficult,
Nor does it shine over the obstacles we encounter in our efforts to defend our rights.
Our daily experience will not allow us to forget it.
The reality of wretchedness, exploitation, hostility and death will forever be remembered.
How are we to live if we allow grazing in our land?
If the herdsmen move at random their flocks,
where are we going to labour for food?
What kind of land can we till?
We do not deserve this torture, it is inhuman
What will be our fate if our land is taken away from us?
Our misery surrounding us is unbearable
as we see death everywhere in our land.
What a bad omen social change has brought!
Why have my people been compelled to live as strangers in their own land?
Silenced by those on top,
we watch aimlessly foreigners come in and settle with their flocks.
Exiled by unjust social structures
Our struggle for our right is part of our journey to a meeting with God.
We shall one day restore what to us have been taking away,
A land that belongs to God alone.
Things must change for better
For we cannot live like a poverty-stricken masses,
Waiting and hoping on the charity of philanthropists.
Though the shock of our reality has brought darkness on our paths,
But we have refused to be discouraged.
The vision of our Time calls for 'Prayer'.
We are aware of the harsh situation in our nation,
the sufferings of the poor, wretchedness, repression and premature death:
All are ancient realities in our land.
What is new is that we have taken the vision of the injustice done to us.
Now is a favourable time of prayer.
We must commit our problems to God;
We will continue to pray until something happens.
Our vision of prayer is an act of gratitude to God.
The pains we have experienced is great.
Our faith in God will be our testimony to the truth,
when the battle of injustice and oppression is finally overcome.
Prisca Onyinye Nwokorie is a  Roman Catholic Nun. She belongs to the religious order of “Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre” in Italy. She is a graduate of the University of Bari where she obtained her Bachelor's and Masters' degrees in “Information and Communication Technologies for the Production of Software” and “Computer Science” respectively. Currently, she is carrying out research work on “E-learning for Developing Countries”.

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