What we have become.
I still remember Mom going away.
Much later I understood she was going to Siberia to visit my father in a labor camp.
I was 5 or 6 at the time.
I was crying, I didn’t want her to go.
She was dressed, already leaving the house and I kept crying for a long time.
She really did not have a choice.
Much later when she told me about it, she said she cried all the way to the camp.
It was a 7-day ride on the train.
More than 60 years passed.
I still remember.
I am thinking of these kids.
I am thinking of their parents.
Is it for real? A nightmare maybe.
I am trying to imagine terrified kids, little kids.
They do not understand.
Where are they, where are mama and papa?
Some big, mean people took them.
Why are they being punished?
These kids. They are looking at this scary place.
The world looks distorted through their tears.
I know how hard it is not to cry.
All these kids feel is they are all alone.
Alone in this new and scary world.
Have they done something wrong?
All mothers, fathers, kids form a special bond.
They need each other, love binds them together.
Not just humans. Any creature on this planet.
Little ones die if forcibly separated from parents.
Apes and elephants, wolves and tigers. cats and dogs.
And yes, humans.
I cannot say that to break up families is inhumane.
Animals do not posses such cruelty, only some humans do.
I am this little one, thrown into the cage.
It is me crying!
I am the mother, the father.
These mean people took us away from each other.
They broke our hearts.
I, we cannot be silent, we cannot be indifferent
It is just not natural. For any living creature.
I want to scream: please stop this!
People, it is not about politics, or policies.
It is about families, mothers, fathers, children.
It is about love. It is about compassion.
It is about us being who we are – people.
Because if we allow this to happen, we lose our humanity, our souls.
We become Trump.