In the Trauma awareness conversation in June, the most challenging social media conversations were:
- What kind of trauma has the indigenous community in Canada endured due to the loss of so many of their children?
- How did the indigenous communities mourn their lost children, community and culture?
- Has there been reparation activities and conversations directed at healing the indigenous communities?
"Trauma is not the bad things that happened to you,
but what happened inside you as a result of what happened to you."
– Dr. Gabor Maté
— daktariLinnie 🏳️🌈🇸🇪 🇰🇪 (@LinniewaGC) June 12, 2021
The Neapolitan books are set somewhere in Italy, a poor neighborhood in Naples where violence and strife are so normalized everyone is conditioned to either not react to it or react with more violence. This neighborhood could be anywhere in the world, even in Nairobi.
I almost annoyed myself into stopping reading the Neapolitan series because in the first book My Brilliant Friend Lenú’s siblings said: “You look like a negro” with a certain ‘contempt’ when Lenu came back from Ischia. The sun had painted Lenú’s skin with dark gold. Thank heavens that I am not one to leave a book half-read, or a sentence half-said. So I finished the first book My Brilliant Friend and thought I was done. A couple of weeks later, I couldn’t stop thinking about Lila in her new marriage. I wondered if Lenú would become a brilliant scholar, teacher, lecturer or just marry and be done with it. I wondered if Melina would get better.
So, I went to the library and borrowed the 2nd book The Story of a New Name. After that, there was no stopping