A Tiny Ripple
To preface this entry, I originally posted this on a different forum almost a year ago but Human suffering, across the board is something that troubles me. I also realize that this won’t be as mega popular or as palatable as the efforts to save the rainforest or the dolphins (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Nonetheless, this is something I feel the great urge to shed some light upon.
Slavery never ended.
According to UNICEF:
Annually, there are an estimated 1.2 million children being trafficked every year
There are 150 million children (or more) ages 5-14 forced into child labor
70 million girls (or more) are subjected to female genital mutilation
At any moment, there are more than 300,000 child soldiers (how is it possible that those two words can even sit next to each other)? It is said that more than 2 million children have died because of armed conflicts since 1990.
Approximately 143 million children are left without a family.
Approximately 2 million children are exploited through prostitution and pornography
40 million children under the age of 15 are thrust into situations of abuse and neglect
More than 1 million children around the globe are consistently denied of their liberty by law enforcement
—> i.e. 7 years after Rwanda, 4,454 children were locked in prison awaiting some type of resolution regarding their case. Only 196 children have since been released.
There are also a great number of unaccounted cases where children are kidnapped or sold for their valuable body parts/organs.
Note: Properly addressing the magnitude of child trafficking is approximate at best, as it is an illegal operation. It’s become so uber-lucrative and spans out to every part of every country that it’s the classic case of “slipping through the cracks.” The aforementioned figures are what UNICEF can account for definitely but as it’s become the third most lucrative organized criminal activity, people are literally killing and dying in order to perpetuate it. It tails right behind drugs and arms (which children are also involved with).
I could bombard this post with gruesome images imbedded in between each striking adjective, but I’ve decided against it in hopes that the words and the facts, will weave a personalized reaction from each person who reads this. What could be more of an emotive issue than that regarding the lives of innocent children?
I cannot even begin to comprehend how, as a human being, one person can determine that their life is of more value than the next. Don’t we all, as humans, feel hungry? alone? joy? heartache? fear? happiness….?? Children are targeted because they are often times, deserted without a voice. Is there a greater sin against humanity than that of targeting children? For a 5 year old who should be reiterating the alphabet instead of working long hours in a dim sweat shop or other children born into such impoverished nations that they’re being sold because their organs are worth more than the hassle of keeping another mouth fed…where is the justice? Last year, 138 child laborers were rescued in New Delhi, each subjected to all the deplorable conditions one could carelessly pin to an urban horror story. The rescue efforts were sparked by people who care. Like I said, my tiny ripple. If even 10 people read this and just one person cares enough to tell someone else, watch a youtube video with a friend on child trafficking, bring it up in church, write an e-mag editor or elected official, get involved with world wide relief efforts or ANYTHING, we’ll have done something vs. NOTHING. 24 ways to fight Human Trafficking
It’s really a selfish endeavor I suppose…to alleviate the pain that it brings me to realize that children are being sucked dry of their liberty and their inherent right to be children and that even in a land of wealth and freedom, this is an issue that plagues even the most suburban backyards here, in the states. I for one, spent 20 minutes reviewing paint swatches the other day. We all get wrapped up in our own lives. So many bills to pay, running like a hamster in its own wheel, a cyclical force that has most of us living to work. My dream is to one day be financially stable enough to spearhead an organization that seeks out the battered, abused, and neglected child population of the world. I would love to find like minded individuals that could help me initiate change by ways of our own abilities. There are just so many possibilities…teaching the youth of North Africa how to read, implementing a skill set for those in Cambodia, building schools and churches,or maybe even teaching a little girl or a boy how to bake! That would be something! (and) maybe, I’ll be Angelia Jolie in the next lifetime, but until then, this is my tiny ripple. I’ll be making an even bigger one when I can find a bigger rock. For now, will you guys please help me utilize the list of 24 (on how to fight human trafficking—link above).
Your Squishy Monster