On the fifth sun of this week, The Silver Lily amassed a large group that was gathered in the Gold Square of Ul’dah upon the 20th bell to show support for the Ala Mhigans who have found themselves usurped from their homeland and continually looked down upon by a number of people in the Eorzean Alliance. A short while after the opening ceremonies began, the mass of people began the walk towards their destination, Little Ala Mhigo, located in Southern Thanalan. The group found themselves at the gates of Little Ala Mhigo in a short amount of time.
Upon arrival, the group found themselves facing a smaller group of refugees from Little Ala Mhigo. “Do ye have more than words? Because me people don't need words. They need food, medicines, weapons,” one member of the group, later introducing herself as Avelyn Firestone, spoke to the crowd. “If ye have supplies for us Ala Mhigan, ye be welcome. If ye only want to look at us like wounded beasts, I request ye return from where ye came from. Me people don't like being ogled like swiving wounded beasts, ta be made fun of.”
While tensions rose, the crowd was eventually allowed inside and gathered around the center of the refugees’ home as one organizer for the event, Ashelia Riot, recalled her experiences of the plight of her people. She spoke, “That we have survived, even amid such adversity, is a testament to our strength and courage. To our promise /never/ to forsake another. That will be what we bring back to the highlands, whenever we return east.”
With the event at a close, the crowd quickly dispersed to engage in interaction with the refugees, sparring with one another and speaking amongst themselves. The Chronicle managed to secure an interview with the before mentioned Avelyn Firestone, one of the members of the small resistance group, The Mithril Blades, to discuss the march from a refugee’s view.
“A mockery upon my people...By not attending marches like these. I can guarantee you that my people feel as if they are the subjects in a show now. Exotic animals in a zoo. This won't do any good for the reputation between us Ala Mhigans and outsiders. But how one could help? Supplies for one. From medicines, to food, to weaponry. No, it won't suddenly make any Ala Mhigan like you, but they won't mind it. Perhaps in due time, if people are sincere in their actions, bridges may be mended though. But yes, supplies first and foremost. Aid in form of a blade will never be denied either. There have been some Ul'dahns who became sympathetic to our plight, and those have been welcomed as well.”
While the event was a success, it’s quite clear that some animosities are still present between the Ala Mhigans and the three city-states. Many leaders of various organizations have allegedly gathered to speak with the group barring entry to Little Ala Mhigo to improve relations, but we can only wait and see if such happens.