South Africa has been hit by a series of violence of late.
There have been xenophobic attacks.
I’m sure Twitter and YouTube will give you enough clips that will give you an idea of what has been happening.
What’s more painful have been the brutal violence and rape against South African women and children.
Every year around Women’s Month in August, this happens.
It’s as if all year round, nothing happens in relation to this, then come August…
…where the focus should be on celebrating women, we take a detour and focus on rape and femicide. Something that should be addressed daily.
It’s so fucked how the women are inconsolable.
It reminded me of a friend who was in an abusive relationship but did not have the strength to leave, at the time.
She eventually did.
Just like my mom.
The abuse she endured (emotionally and physically) led her leaving an environment that was constantly attacking her.
I used to blame her for leaving us (me and sister).
But now I see that it wasn’t an easy decision for her to make.
And while my world was on fire this past week, I was walking through it being reminded of my experiences with it.
Too relatable, and very close to home.
When even our own country banned…silenced those that tried to speak up about it.
It angers me.
And self defeating.
It’s not acceptable.
It’s not normal.
You deserve better.
I pray that the exposure this is getting will give other women to find within themselves, the strength to leave abusive relationships.
The strength the women I referred to found through their children and the latter through her faith.
Please forgive me.
I love you.