Beautiful people

The resilience of the people in South Sudan has made a big impression on us. When you have to leave your village, your house is burnt to the ground, all your cattle is raided,  your father is shot, your child died of hunger and you have to find refuge in the swamps where there are only waterlilies to eat. If then, you still have hope to continue… I have met all the people on the picture below, they have all experienced horrible things but their face shows how beautiful they are and that there can still be a smile, and that there is still hope.

Faces of hope

We hope that in the new year that is ahead we are able to see hope in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, and we will be able to see the beauty in everyone around us. Because the beautiful people live in the same world as we do.  And they will never have to be alone, because there will always be someone with the same button on as you. Lets end this year with the lyrics of a matching song ‘Beautiful people’ by Melanie Safka:

Beautiful People
You live in the same world as I do
But somehow I never noticed you before today
I’m ashamed to say

Beautiful people
We share the same back door
And it isn’t right we never met before
But then, we may never meet again

If I weren’t afraid you’d laugh at me
I would run and take all your hands
And I’d gather everyone together for a day
And when we gathered I’ll pass buttons out that say

Beautiful people
Then you’d never have to be alone
‘Cause there’ll always be someone
With the same button on as you
Include him in everything you do

Beautiful people
You ride the same subway as I do every morning
That’s got to tell you something we’ve got so much in common
I go the same direction that you do
So if you take care of me
Maybe I’ll take care of you

Beautiful people

You look like friends of mine
And it’s about time that someone said it here and now
I make a vow that some time, somehow
I’ll have a meeting
Invite everyone you know
I’ll pass out buttons to the ones who come to show

Beautiful people
Never have to be alone
‘Cause there’ll always be someone
With the same button on as you
Include him in everything you do
He may be sitting right next to you
He may be a beautiful people too
And if you take care of him
Well, maybe he’ll take care of you
Because all of the beautiful people do
And I am a beautiful people too


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