This post is a celebration of my friend Omar Sy. I wrote a little text in French. If you don’t understand french please pretend you do? : ) Bismillah. Cette photo date du 1er jour où Omar est venu rencontrer les Rohingya il y a à peu prêt 1 an. J’ai pris cette photo pour immortaliser ce moment qui signifiait tellement à mes yeux. Omar venait d’arriver, il rentrait dans le camp pour la première fois, et presque immédiatement il aperçu une Mamie Rohingya qui était au sol, avec son fils épuisé à ses côté et qui l’avait sûrement porté depuis des kilomètres. Omar dit tout de suite “Il faut l’aider! Est ce qu’un traducteur peut lui demander où est ce qu’elle veut aller?”. Elle demandais à aller à une clinique. La suite vous l’avez deviné avec cette photo. Omar la porta jusqu’a la clinique la plus proche. La femme aurait pu être terrifié, Omar était un inconnu et faisait presque 2 fois sa taille. Pourtant la connection entre eux était complément naturel. Omar la portait comme si il tenait à elle plus qu’à la prunelle de ces yeux. Il a été doux avec elle. Sans cette douceur ce moment n’aurait pas été possible. Ce moment représente Omar à mes yeux. Omar l’Homme et non pas l’acteur. Naïf, Doux et à la fois Sage et Puissant. Je voulais écrire ce poste en son honneur et annoncer pour ceux qui ne serait pas au courant qu’il y a enfin un documentaire qui raconte la vie d’Omar. Il sortira demain soir sur la chaîne numéro 4 dont je ne dis pas le nom ou vous allez penser qu’on m’a acheté : ) Si je vous en parle c’est parce que je pense qu’il y a réellement quelque chose de précieux dans ce film. Au delà de ces quelques moment dans le camp, il y a plusieurs chapitres du documentaire où Omar pose complètement ses masques d’artistes et se montre à découvert. Ça demande beaucoup de courage. Bravo à toi d’avoir franchis ce cap. On a trop tendance à attendre que les grands hommes soient partit pour les apprécier alors je ne compte pas attendre tes vieux jours pour te dire que je t’aime mon frère et que je suis fier de toi. Bonne chance pour la suite et sois sûr d’une chose: aucun rôle ne saura arriver à la cheville de l’Homme que tu es réellement.. @omarsyofficial
@Malala it would be impossible to fully represent you without including the silence in between your words, the calm in between your thoughts, and the quietness in between your actions. In those pauses I learned the most about you. You know how to stand still like a mountain and this is my favorite thing about you. J
When I was 10 years old, I really couldn’t understand why adults were treating me inferior to them. They had been kids too. How come they couldn’t remember? One day that I felt really undervalued, I promised myself to remember this moment for the rest of my life. I remember the place I made this promise, I remember exactly how my brain and my heart felt at the time. I remember all of it. And I have hold this memory very preciously for the past 18 years. Children are not incomplete adults. They have a purity, an innocence, that gives them incredible powers. And one generation one day has to stop the cycle of discrimination. One generation one day needs to remember forever how they felt as children and how the rest of the word treated them. Don’t treat children like you were treated as a kid. Heal your past trauma so you don’t give them to your children. Until we do this, we will keep creating new generations of big broken children that make wars and genocides and destroy our planet. No adult was born greedy. No adults was born hating on others. The past générations teach us that. It’s, like a package of “shit” you receive in your childhood. I think it’s time we stop passing this package of shit to the next generation. Excuse my language I don’t usually speak like that but I don’t see another word more appropriate. 📸 by @zachdoleac
Hello Instagram. It’s been exactly 11 months. Longer than it takes to create a baby. I spent most of those months in Bangladesh with the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar. I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about this mission but last November together with many of you we raised over 2 million $ for the refugees. I have been making sure every dollar was properly spent. In my next post I will be showing you what was accomplished. It’s good to be able to breath for a moment and send you this message. I miss communicating with all of you tremendously. I want to restore the relationship that I feel like I have had with you. And I want to make it more real than ever. Just raw energy shared through words and photos and videos. No space for BS. Both you and me don’t have time for anything else. I chose this photo because there is at least 3 people in my arms haha so that’s a little bit how it would look If I would have to hug all of you. Until we can do that on instagram it will just be words and pixels. But real powerful love energy behind it. Right now feels a little bit like calling an old friend after 11 months not speaking. Weirdly it feels natural. I hope all of you are doing good. I hope you’ve kept chasing for more realness in your life, for more freedom, for more expansion of yourself. I sure did. It may sound like the same me you knew but a lot has changed. I have had to let go of a lot of past trauma to finally touch freedom. I am getting there. I wish it for everyone. Maybe one day I will speak about it. In the meantime this is just a hi, just a bonjour, a Salam, and lots of respect and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for all of you that have decided to follow me one day. Let’s do something meaningful with this interesting virtual bridge between all of us. I won’t be entertaining you. I won’t be distracting you from your life. I am here for the real stuff. The real deal. For those that are on board I will see you soon. J
That time @eljuanpazurita & I became school teachers in the Philippines 😂🇵🇭👍 • For the little story: it was last summer, we were installing solar lights on this island and we noticed the school's teacher had left for a moment! So we took over the class and we started teaching random words to everyone for at least 30 minutes 😂 best part was when we realized the teacher had been watching all along and was laughing too from behind the window 😄
I have been asked in the comments to share the images of the terrorist attacks in Mogadishu. I will never do this. I will NEVER post violent terror images in here because I understand the cost of those images to the people in Somalia. Because they've told me. They've told me how it feels to have the entire world think everyone in your county is a pirate. And the prejudice that comes from it. There is as much pirates in Somalia than there is terrorists in Paris. 1 or 2 per year? Less than that? But those few individuals destroy the reputation and well being of millions. I wish for the world to know that pirates and terrorists is NOT the real "Somalia". The attack this week was the choice of ONE man. And there were that day of the attack about 12 MILLION other Somali men and women that didn't have anything to do with this. I am confident saying those 12 million people are some of the most open, welcoming, peaceful, friendly, poetic people on planet earth right now 🇸🇴💙 And it is unfair that the best ones of us are often the the most discriminated... We must change that. We will. I know we will. By organizing better. And showing the world the truth. That's what Love Army will do.
We have the same smile 😍😄
5 years ago, Malala was shot in the head for publicly campaigning for Pakistani girls to go to school. She survived, kept campaigning, and became a symbol for women's rights across the world. Today, she attended her first lecture at Oxford University. Congratulation Malala ❤️ The world loves you.
Can you see the purity of his heart?
BIG BIG NEWS! Google just made a donation of $500,000 to our movement #LoveArmyMexico 🇲🇽 !!! This means we've raised over 1,3 Million $ for Mexico since the earthquake!! 💪 We are going to use all of this money to rebuild over 100 houses and schools, for 3 different communities 🏡 So proud that Google put all their trust on us to execute the mission 💪 PS: Love Army is and will remain a people powered movement. I want all of us to be very careful which company we let come close to our "missions". Intentions are everything and after meeting with the Google team in Mexico & @jorgebermudezb it became very clear they were doing it for the right reason, and were ready to put their heart and soul into this project. • You can all be proud. Now everyone buckle up your seatbelt because Love Army is just getting started 🔥
Dear young people, if we we are not satisfied with how this world is becoming then it's our time to stand up, it's our time to say enough, and thank you very much old system for your work but you are DONE, you are EXPIRED. It's over. WE ARE TAKING THE KEYS. And we are going to make this world a masterpiece. Because we can. Because we are not cynical and sad and pessimistic and hateful. We don't buy in the division tactics. We are LOVE. Not a passive kind of Love but the most POWERFUL KIND OF LOVE. Love is ACTION. In fact WE ARE LOVE so much that we are not going to fight with the people keeping the old system in place, instead we are going to invite them to our new world, if they are willing to SEAT DOWN AND BE HUMBLE. There is no time to be hateful and divisive. Division is the old world. UNITY WILL BE OUR NEW WORLD. And all our efforts should be in building this new reality #LoveArmy ❤️💪🏾💪🔥
On my last day in Somalia, Ayoub & Amir both learned to say "I love you" and they surprised me as we were saying goodbye. It was so much to take on. One of the purest more previous gift I have ever received. So I started recording and they did it again. If I am screaming "aaaah" in the video it's because it's was much love to accept. I remember feeling the gift of energy they sent me. In the west, "I love you" is something we say so much that it has kinda lost his meaning. I remember when I arrived in the US being so surprised how much Americans say it. Especially now with social media. We use hearts emoji for everything ❤️ most of this is fake love. Or fish love like I was once told. People say they "love" fish. But they eat them. So. Would you really like to get some fish love? I wouldn't. Be mindful what type of love you are all getting and giving. And wishing everyone to find the purest love, like the one of Ayoub and Amir. PS: for the non-Somalis : "Walaal" means brothers. And Somalis renamed me "Abdi-Dheere" because "Abdi" means servant. And "Dheere" just means tall haha.
Hello Instagram! My friend @eljuanpazurita is pushing me to post this photo even tho I am not a big fan of social media anymore. I feel like a stranger here and I don't like what it's becoming. It has became so much about ourselves. The ego. And I don't know what posting this photo of me right now is doing. And why are we doing it? What's the impact of it? It feels like a big illusion. Our entire generation is busy trying to matter online when in reality our power is within. But I want to use this opportunity to say hi to you. If there is one real thing that social media can do. It's bridges. This bridge with all of you for exemple. Or the the bridge we built with the people in Somalia. Those bridges are powerful because once we not separated anymore we can start organizing. Like an army. And we can use this army for good. For Love. Exactly like we did with #LoveArmyForSomalia. And using social media for good doesn't feed the ego. It feeds our souls. So we should keep doing it. Sending my love to all of you and your families. PS: I need to let you know about all the work accomplished in Somalia for the past 2 months. So many good news and reasons everyone that participated can be proud. I also need to let you know why I am back in NYC. It's to help Somalia more. And it's a very ambitious plan. More in next posts ⚡️ 📸 by @ari weiss
No air conditioning no problem 💨💨❤️
If you think about it.. kids were the more recent people to hang out with God... and so we should respect them, value them, not like smaller adults but more like if they were the best versions of humanity.
Happiness comes from helping other people. And also from having the cutest kid in the world on your shoulders, it can increases your happiness of about 10%. 📸 by @yescene
BEAUTIFUL SOMALI QUEENS ❤️🖤
FOUND MY IDENTICAL TWIN IN SOMALIA! 😄
DOUBLE TROUBLE 😍😍 📸 by @yescene
It's been raining a little bit !!! Not a lot & not everywhere but we are seeing a little bit of new born baby grass growing in some regions 😍 amazing reminder that this drought will not last forever and that the world must help sustain Somalia NOW until Mother Nature can provide again 🙏 Feeling grateful and my hope is now higher than ever. PS: #LoveArmy is not going anywhere. The mission continues.
EVERYTIME I TRY TO LEAVE SOMALIA
A well known Somali poet once said "Behind every great baby camel there is a tall croissant." So inspiring 🙏 #Mashallah
SONG FOR THE CUTEST KID IN THE WORLD
Happy Ramadan to all my Muslims brothers & sisters !! May this month bring peace, understanding & compassion to our world 🌍 Inshallah!
HER LAUGH 😍
I CALL HIM "LITTLE TROUBLE" 💙 HE CALLS ME ""ii SEEDAYYYYYYY" Translation: "let me goooooo" 😅😅 📸 by @care_much
I have looked for a caption for this picture for 3 days. Not because it's difficult but because I truly want to honor this man. True friends are rare & I wanted this text to be an appreciation post to him. @eljuanpazurita Juanpapapapito like I call him. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way a caption is going to be good enough to honor the friendship we have. Since I know you will read this Juanpa, I want to say Thank you for pushing me to use social media again. I remember how much I was just sick of the superficiality of it all and how much I didn't feel this was having any real impact in the world. I was giving up. And you pushed me. You believed in me. And ever since then you have been a huge piece of the puzzle of why I am writing this right now from Somalia after the most intense & most impactful 2 months of my life. On top of all of it you made the effort to come yourself to Somalia to document first hand the impact of our work & the untold beauty of Somalia. That tells a lot about who you are and why you do things. Looking back at our friendship I feel grateful. Looking forward I can only imagine more beautiful projects together & making happen more impossible ideas that one day I know will change the world. I love you juanpapapa. 📸 by @care_much
TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!! 💙 Respect & appreciation to all the Somali volunteers that distribute the Love Army food everyday. We love you, we feel for you & your families. We are inspired by how hard you work to help your country, and by all the hope you carry for the future. After the storm comes the sun, so after the sun will come a storm full of rain, and when the rain comes, I hope we will stay friends. #LoveArmy 📸 by @care_much
There are moments when you look into a child's eyes and know they have more trouble than they should.