Guest contribution by Suha Najjar
Throughout elementary, middle, high school and even much after, we are taught and retaught to be “thankful,” to realize that we have “first-world problems” and others don’t always have what we have. And although we strive to come to terms with this, many times we forget that what we consider essential doesn’t necessarily mean that others are as fortunate to say the same. We grow up knowing what a “normal” childhood consists of. We know how children should behave, and more precisely, we know how children should not behave. Childhood has always been a necessity in our eyes. But in reality, it is a privilege that many times children themselves do not experience.
I’d like to share the story of two young boys, born and raised on two very different parts of the world. [Read more...]