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Bare Necessities and More Star Spangled Verses

Yesterday someone sang a verse I hadn’t heard before to our national anthem. It struck me that I only knew the first verse because we hear at every game back in the U.S.  This person sang from the heart which brought tears to my eyes.  Actually, truth be told, the tears were rolling down my cheeks, I couldn’t stop crying.  I know that every country represented in the Buddy Bears has their faithful and loyal country men.  In fact, I just met a girl named Olga from Moldova who was so tickled to see a photo of the Moldovan Buddy Bear when I showed her my slideshow of photos I’d taken.  Probably Moldova’s is one of my favorite because it shows the artist’s humor of being from a small country that noone seems to know about.  Take a look on the map and you will find Moldova next to Ukraine.  Kazakhstan is a much larger country, too big to ignore but people do and I hope that that changes.  It is an amazing country next to my own, of course.  I would hope that all Kazakhs and Kazakhstanis love their country and try to promote it by being the best they can be.

I know this is premature to blog about the Star Spangled Banner before Fourth of July but I think the words are so rich and meaningful.  Since I have lived in other countries away from my homeland for almost 16 years, I believe it makes me even more loyal and more patriotic to be an American.  Our country where we are born is part of our bare necessities, just like having one’s own family.  I am also very blessed to have a wonderful family as well. The last three verses of the American national anthem:

“On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

***

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

***

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

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I am NOT indifferent to Kyrgyzstan, but must move on…

I’m deeply saddened that this will be my last blog entry about Kyrgyzstan’s plight after their April 7-8 revolution which toppled the Bakiyev government.  I am NOT indifferent!!! It feels like I’m turning my back on unfortunate victims of flood, hurricane, earthquake and volcano all rolled into one. What has happened in this beautiful, pristine spot in the world the world media seemed to ignore? Everyone’s focus is elsewhere, such as Haiti, China, Iceland and all other places on this planet that are recovering from a natural catastrophe.

Revolutions are NOT natural or considered an “act of God” so I MUST move on, it is so wretchedly political. What has happened in Bishkek, my former home in the early 1990s is very troubling to me.  Revolutions are not pretty and currently the people south of Kazakhstan are trying to pick up the pieces and according to their spiritual orientation now have time to reflect on what their future with a new government will be.  Hopeful or hate-filled?  May this NEVER happen in Kazakhstan!!!

The following is from one of my American friends who loves Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz and Russian people.  He and others are helping to put things back together:

“Kyryz people shared from their hearts about their pain, but also of their pride in their country. Russians asked for forgiveness for looking down on them. We prayed that the walls between Russians and Kyrgyz would be broken down within our own church. One young man came who was a part of the protests down on the square. He realizes that his life was spared as he witnessed those around him falling to the ground.

About 30 of us went to different hospitals. Some people are still in comas, others will never walk again. People lined up to give blood for those wounded during the uprising. To date, 81 people have died and over 1000 have been wounded. We got to talk with those injured in the uprising and found out their immediate needs for food, water, and medicine. We then bought about $500 worth of items to help them for the next couple of days. People were so grateful that they were crying and hugging us. The doctors told us that aid from the Red Cross will not be distributed until later, so these people are in great need of antibiotics and care until the Red Cross is able to help. We want to be used in practical ways to the people of this country during this time of instability and unrest.”

If you want to help Kyrgyzstan but have no connections to people in Kyrgyzstan, please consider AprilRelief.com to donate funds.

Dear friends,

This message is addressed to all of you who are not indifferent to the recent events, which took place in Kyrgyzstan on April 6-7-8, 2010. We are turning to you with a request to join us in our efforts to help victims of these horrible events. As you know from the news, 84 people were killed and 567 people were wounded. Out of 567 wounded, 65 are still in intensive care and in desperate need for medicines and special treatment.

The events also had a lot of immediate social ramifications victimizing many of the most vulnerable members of the society: orphans, elderly, and handicapped who were left with little provision of food and drugs, and they are currently struggling.

We, the young people around the globe, took initiative to set up a fund to aid the victims of the revolution. We currently have several teams in four countries:

In EU and UK efforts are coordinated by Karachach Sadybakasova, Edil Ajibaev, Saina Otorbaeva and Zarina Osmonalieva.

USA efforts are coordinated by Aibek Hakimov.

Kyrgyzstan efforts are coordinated by Aselia Kasenova.

We promise to ensure transparency in all our actions. Here is how we will work:

FUNDRAISING: All teams will be working towards raising funds via local bank accounts. Funds will be then transferred to NGO “Students In Free Enterprise” in Kyrgyzstan, which has been functioning since 2003 and has set up a separate bank account at the international bank for this purpose.

AID: Distribution of funds will be carried out by the Kyrgyzstan team via NGO “Students In Free Enterprise”. All transactions will be documented and financially reported.

BENEFICIARIES: The list of beneficiaries will include the wounded, families of the killed, vulnerable members of our society directly or indirectly affected by the events on April 6-8, 2010. The team held negotiations with the local association of NGOs and will be cooperating with its members, which collect specific information about various groups of victims in order to ensure coordinated and effective approach in distributing aid.

REPORTING: The Kyrgyzstan team will report to donors, justifying each of its decisions on placement of funds. Reports will be published online on a monthly basis. Financial reports will be checked and audited by a group of independent professional auditors (who have volunteered to do the audit) before closing the fund. NB: Any donor has the right to request to view any supporting financial documents at any time.

We would like to ensure our donors in our sincere aspiration to help our country fellows. We will appreciate any help. Your participation will mean a universe to those who will receive your support.

TOGETHER WE SHALL STAND.

The April Relief Fund Team

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