It’s Freedom Day. 26 years ago, despite many obstacles, our country held its first democratic elections, and the people went out to vote. It was a historic and momentous occasion.

Today we are facing great challenges as a country, and as a world. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its economic impacts, have highlighted the terrible divides between the haves and the have-nots. But, perhaps this crisis provides us with an opportunity to forge new ways of living together, and for a new social compact that calls on us all to take care of one another in whatever ways we are able. While the pandemic calls on us to physical distance, we also know that our futures are bound together. So, take care of yourself, your family and your community in these deeply difficult times.

Two years ago we held a poetry competition called Five Lines of Freedom. Let’s CELEBRATE the five winners of that by revisiting their poems.
Freedom! by Mikyle Ashely Paulsen
Freedom, my future by Christopher Themba
Mzansi, my home by Steven Mogale
So many things by Ntokozo Badli
The day, by Cikizwa Beverley Nxili

And, let’s READ this short story that was created for our Bridging Divides project by award-winning writer Sifiso Mzobe: Reunion. UIt’s also available in isiZulu as Ukuhlangana.

When you’re done reading (and sharing the stories and poems with your family), TURN OFF your phone, and spend some time sharing stories with your family!