To Love Your Child As
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My granddaughter has a heritage of Croatian, Maori, and Scots. In this picture, she was on her way to a traditional Kapa Haka performance.
If she were living in the Middle East no matter if she was Palestinian, Israeli or mixed heritage - any which way you look at it she would have more than the normal feelings of fear children face when crossing the road or being aware of strangers etc. In the Middle East, she would have the added trauma of finding herself inadvertently caught up in a violent gun battle on the way to the performance or terrorized by a home or car bombing.
Despite the relative safety of growing up in New Zealand, like other countries such as Canada, USA, Palestine, and Israel, New Zealand has land ownership disputes. My granddaughter will have some serious decisions to consider in the future about where her allegiance lies in her country’s land ownership and sovereignty debate.
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