I had a different post in mind today...and uplifting poem, with a pretty picture.
But this came to me from a friend...changed my day.
I don't want to be sad...
and I don't want to put sad in your life either.
But my God, we should be beyond sad for the state of the world and it's children.
What are we doing?
How can we allow this?
What is going on?
There are a zillion articles and stats about child solders, children who work as slaves, children fending for themselves in the streets worldwide, child sex slaves, children dying of abuse and starvation...horrors...and it's not just There, it's Here.
Yet television news seems to indicate we care more about stars in reality shows than just about anything else. Is that really who we are...? Does television represent who we are?
Every day children suffer things we can't even imagine, yet nothing seems to change.
I don't know answers.
Send money if you can and pray the corrupt governments let it get where it needs to go?
I think it is our voices that need to be heard more than anything...if we care we have to demand change. Don't we?? Do we care?
And I know about charity beginning at home...this planet it home?
Is it is very hard to go about my day because I'm as guilty as the next person.
I watch and say, it's a tragedy, I cry, and do nothing...because I suffer from apathy.
There are days when it is hard to believe that anything will get better...
instead I think it is going to get a whole lot worse.
Everyone seems to be looking the other way
I lay it at the feet of the 'grownups' in the world..
as well as at the feet of world leaders, corporations and banks.
And I wonder would we care more if they were white children?
But this I do know...what befalls one of us, can befall all of us.
And if you look at what is happening here in America, drought, corruption, greed, ignorance, poverty, joblessness, lack of medical care, war machines, rage and fear and complacency .....it seems a very real possibility.
World poverty today: S-S Africa
A child dies every four seconds from HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty often before their fifth birthday. 15 children die every minute. Over 22,000 children die worldwide every single day. About 8 million children die every year. (Source: UNICEF)
More than one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and water for domestic purposes. Water problems are worse especially in Africa. (source: World vision)
About 4 million newborns die worldwide during their first month of life. About 2.5 million children die every year because they are not immunized. (sources:World Health Organization)
Can you imagine?