Orlando vigil

A Letter to The World: Pray for Peace, For All Souls

Dear world, For the past few days, I’ve been angry and sad.…

Dear world,

For the past few days, I’ve been angry and sad. The City Beautiful, my city, Orlando, has been struck with terror and pain. My fellow Orlando family (and I’m not just talking about my blood relatives) all felt the immediate hurt that came out of the shooting at Pulse nightclub this past Sunday morning. Several times throughout this week I wanted to cry and had to hold myself. I did not personally know any of the victims; however, they were people. Some of them were friends of my friends; we had mutual friends and went to the same schools, ate at the same places, went to the same theme parks. These were real people with lives ahead of them and lots of dreams. And even if they weren’t from my city, I would have grieved for them just the way I grieved for the victims of 9/11, the recent Paris massacre, and my friends and loved ones being killed in my birth country Syria. These are people. These are people’s children, people’s friends, people’s lovers. They are you and me.