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if i had one wish

By dhallari Dec 15, 2013 669 Words
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During your time at Whitman, how do you envision engaging with a current local, national, or global issue that is important to you?

“If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?” I was asked this question by a friend of mine whose mother recently passed away. At first, I was startled by her question, wondering why she would ask this. She said, “Do you know what I would do, if I had a wish?” I looked at her, wondering if she has finally reached her breaking point, she continues “I would go back in time, and erase my mother’s pains, before her death”. When I heard her answer, I was surprised, I expected her to say, “Bring my mother back to life”, but instead, she only wished for a moment of joy. If I was asked this question, two years ago, I would probably say “wealth” or “power”. Not knowing the extent of a wish, or things that could be accomplish by such wish. To know that if this question was asked by many people, they too would probably wish for wealth or something similar. And knowing that many people will choose “I” instead of “we”, really made me think of the purpose of my existence, and what I would do if I had a wish.

So what would I do if I had a wish? There are so many things I would wish for, the list is endless. I could wish to end poverty; wars, social injustice, wish for peace or to put an end to the extent of human’s ability to commit evil. But if I wish for all those problems to be gone, would humans still repeat their actions? Would they ever learn from their mistakes? or would my wish be nothing but a waste? Growing up in West Africa, I have lived through poverty, wars, social injustice and human’s atrocities. So it’s only naturally for me to want to eradicate these problems that are polluting Africa, and limiting the ability for the continent to transcend. However, if I had one wish I would wish for the social justice concerning children educational rights.

Females in Africa are view as nothing more than child-bears. Most parents don’t education their girls’ children, not because they don’t have it, but because they believe it’s a waste of money, and instead makes profits from their child through arrange marriages. These Practices are seen all over Africa. Children at the age of 6 are given up for marriage to adults, old enough to be their father, without any say in their future. To know that females are being treated in such ways really impact my aspect of life, and I realized the importance of making my contributions to the struggle of social injustice in my region. I hope to underline the causes and side effects of children that were raised in sure homes, and open an education institution for these children. I will promote awareness to mostly low-income families that tend to practice this ritual. I believe that by providing opportunities like these will decrease the amount of children that are being “sold” into arranged marriage as well create a future for these innocent souls. I will strive to be the voice for these children so they would come to appreciate their own worth. They too can grow up and hope to eradicate issues like these that are according all over Africa. In this process, I will transform myself into an individual, who view the world as “we” instead of “I”, so that the next time I am asked, “If you could wish for one thing, what would it be?” I would say simple, wish for me “we” instead of “I”.

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