Yesterday, I had a “first world problem”. I was driving home from work, feeling stressed. After two years of night classes, I have finally completed my paralegal classes so I need to do a three week, unpaid internship. Since I am currently working, I will have to burn almost all of my vacation time for this year. Plus, I still needed to find a law office for my internship, make a resume and cover letter. It was time to leave the nest of the classroom and spread my legal wings in the real world, but for some reason I was filled with anxiety and doubt.
Instead of continuing to stress about my internship, I decided to turn on the radio and see what was going on in the world via NPR. At first, I listened to a fascinating report about, of all things, electric eels and how scientist are trying to clone their electricity producing body cells. Following that report, the news program “All Things Considered” aired the segment linked below.
Salwa Bugaighis, a civil rights attorney from Libya, was murdered in her home that day. Her body was found in the living room of her house by her cousin. She had been stabbed and shot. Salwa’s husband is also missing and is presumed dead. According to the report “Salwa Bugaighis was an advocate for human rights and was, most recently, trying to mediate peace and reconciliation between Libya’s many warring factions. Yesterday, she was in her hometown of Benghazi to vote in the country’s parliamentary election, which she saw as a step toward the Libya she envisioned – democratic and stable.”
I felt so foolish. How could I be so distracted by my minor issues when there are people like Salwa who are sacrificing everything to fight for freedom and democracy? Thank you, NPR for telling Salwa’s story.