Still a few days to go and it is the eleventh of the eleventh month of the year. That day is a day of commemmoration of the end of the first world war: the great war.
In many countries the symbol of these day and the days of the great war is the poppy, the one in flanders field, where the war was fought ruthlessly. So many people wear a poppy.
And the Tower of London is surrounded by poppies. These poppies contradict the thought and the slogan “Let us move on” (see the handling of the Post Election Violence in Kenya), but they remind us to halt and pause and reflect.
Maaza Mengiste writes about these poppies.