Today I woke up with very good news: Australia apologized to its indigenous people for the sufferings of the past.
In an emotional speech delivered through giant screens throughout the cities of the country, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd He said the following words: "We apologize for the laws and policies of successive governments and parliaments that have inflicted profound pain, suffering and loss on our Australian compatriots."
The apology was especially directed to the tens of thousands of aborigines who were necessarily separated from their families under ruthless policies of assimilation of abandoned children.
“For the pain, suffering and harm to these gstolen enerations, his descendants and their families who were left behind, we apologize, ”the Australian Prime Minister continued visibly excited. "And for the humiliation and degradation committed on the deserved pride of these people and their culture, we ask forgiveness"
The entire nation listened in silence, clapping occasionally and with more than one tear shed.
In a solemn and historic speech, Rudd proclaimed that Australians have reached a moment in their history in which they must face their past to be able to face the future. "To end this pending issue of the nation" he continued. "To eliminate a huge stain on the soul of the nation and, from the most sincere spirit of reconciliation, to open a new chapter in the history of this fantastic land that is Australia"
A tremendous ovation put an end to a memorable and historic moment.
As I read the news on the train this morning, I noticed how my skin was getting goosebumps and felt a tremendous desire to hug with the people around me, and I am convinced that anyone who has spent time in the country of Kangaroos will feel exactly the same as me.
Now we have the hope that the leaders of other nations take note and are worthy and brave enough to continue with this example.