The road we live on is supposed to be prime property – we are now surrounded by 17 storied apartment buildings – one has a gym and a new one coming up has a swimming pool on the terrace!! But further down the same road is a slum called Pereira Wadi.

Last week as I passed by I saw that the police/ municipal authorities had pulled down many of these little houses, apparently as the builder wanted them evicted. I am not sure who was legally ‘right’ here. All all I know is that there’s nothing worse than to have your belongings thrown on the road and to watch in utter helplessness as your privacy is invaded and the whole world watches you. I passed by too, felt their pain and felt there was nothing I could do to help. I didn’t raise my voice in any way to protect their rights……

This is just one of the many times I’ve ‘passed by’ silently……..when my neighbour regularly beat his wife, I was silent, because I was told I couldn’t go into another person’s home. When I saw a little child acting as a maid and carrying the school bag of a child her age – I was silent. When I have my plate cleared at a restaurant by boys too young to be working….I am silent……..

They came for the communists,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn’t a communist;

They came for the socialists,
and I did not speak up
because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn’t a union leader;

They came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one
left to speak up for me ….

– Pastor Martin Niemöller

May you be inspired – every day!