I Am My StoryRefugeeTanzaniaWhat We Carried

Fabric, Nyarugusu, Tanzania

Jim Lommasson
Jim Lommasson / What We Carried

Jeanette Amisi Mmunga:

when the world unravels before you and even your dreams are crumbling stones

when everything you dare to touch is set on fire and all  around you is ash and smoke

Remember this:

Rock bottom is a perfect place for rebuilding

Remember that you are your mother’s daughter

your grandmother’s answered prayers

a whole bloodline of women who bend in response, the raging winds

there is nothing broken here

nothing damaged or discarded

each scar is a badge of honor

every misstep is a victory dance waiting to happen

you are a woman becoming

learning the complicate language of forgiveness

The intricate lessons of the universe,

and your heart is just a muscle

it needs exercise

and you were born for this sort of heavy lifting

you were born:

one part saint

one part warrior woman

Jeanette Mmunga