January 24, 2021– “When I was a child, my father worked for a United Nations agency. His work meant that I was raised as a nomad, and I moved to a different country every so often: Tanzania, Italy, Ethiopia, Uganda and England. Annually, to my father was granted what the UN calls “leave at home.” When we got off the plane in Accra, the capital of Ghana, my father would sometimes turn to me, spread his arms and say, “Akwaaba! – Welcome. “As many diplomats do, my father moved easily wherever we were. But in Ghana, even more so. In Ghana, he seemed to slide.” This personal essay from Orion magazine powerfully explores the interlocking threads of identity, stories, and climate pain. (165 reads)
To take actionTake some time today to reflect on the following questions: What is your own relationship to your home country? How does it influence your sense of identity?