I don’t know who you are, what you do, or about any of the multi-faceted parts of you that make you, you. But chances are, there are a number of safe assumptions I can already make about you.
- You’re reading this from a safe and warm place. Maybe tucked in a blanket and scrolling through your phone. Or may be on lunch break, reading this on your laptop as you warm up with your favourite soup from the work cafeteria.
You may not even be in the cosy indoors. You may be reading this as you wait at a bus stop, a train platform, or from a bench in the park. But even then, you’re probably wearing a coat, thick boots and a scarf around your neck.
You may have lost one of your gloves on the way, or you may have forgotten your coat at home. You may be having a really bad day and have somehow ended up much longer outdoors than you anticipated. But no matter how bad your day has been, you know with certainty that it will end in a heated home, safe from the cold outside.
- You know that not everyone is safe and warm this winter. But you may have under-estimated just how un-safe and un-warm winter can be for some.
Try to imagine, for instance, spending a night during one of Iraq’s cold winter seasons in the house pictured below.