We just read a CNN story so touching we felt a need to share it.
In the small nation of North Macedonia, a child experienced bullying on her way to elementary school.
They bullied her because she has Down syndrome, a genetic condition that causes learning and health disabilities, and makes you look a little different.
President Stevo Pendarovski heard about the 11-year-old girl and took presidential action—he walked Embla to school.
Holding her hand, he strode with her, to the school's front door. Then he sat down with Embla's parents, to hear the problems they face every day and to discuss solutions.
"They should not only enjoy the rights they deserve," the president said of children like Embla, in a statement to the press. "They should also feel equal and welcome in the school desks and the schoolyard. It is our obligation, as a state, but also as individuals, and the key element of this common mission is empathy."
Maybe, in a small, obscure country, empathy is easier to find.
--Joyce and Richard