Close your eyes; picture the face of a child you know and love. Imagine them in school; happy, learning, growing. Hear your child’s voice; smell the scent of his skin. See her sleeping peacefully at night. Now imagine your child, gone. Where are they?
A few weeks ago, hundreds of Christian and Muslim schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria’s Borno State by a group of Islamic extremists. The Christian girls were forced to accept Islam; their captors then threatened to sell them as slaves. Just months before, 59 school boys were massacred in their boarding school by the same group of rebels; the school was then burned to the ground. And just last year in the United States, over 100,000 children were abducted; many of which are forced into lives in the sex trade.
Abducted, oppressed, enslaved, and murdered: across the globe, our children are under attack. The violation of human rights is a moral issue, and it is a direct threat to world-wide security, liberty, and freedom. As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Now that your eyes are open, what can you do to help?
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Join a church. Lasting, fundamental change toward human rights has, historically, begun with the church. From the beginning of time, God has called on His intercessors to gather His people and to follow His instructions in order to promote and establish liberty for all. By joining a church and a ministry, you help to build the numbers needed to affect change, and the strength created in spiritual solidarity toward a common cause. The church also becomes an essential part of “the village” it takes to raise your children; and helps to create a hedge of safety around them (Psalm 91).
- Activate your activism. Write to your elected officials. Work to change laws which have created a dangerous environment for our children while granting leniency to child predators.
- Educate a child (Proverbs 22:6). In spite of the enemy’s attempt to destroy it, “education is still the key” . The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has important information on how to help prepare children to be more aware, and how to avoid dangerous situations.
- Pray. Yes, prayer, fasting, and meditation for a better world works, and one person can make a difference. The Lord’s Prayer asks that God’s “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-13). He sends us the answers.
- Have faith. Hopelessness is the first step toward defeat (Psalm 31:24), but the bible reveals the solutions to the moral dilemmas of our time. The recent release of Willie Myrick – the 9-year-old Atlanta child who sang a gospel song for 3 hours, prompting his kidnapper let him go – is why we never give up hope on any missing child, no matter how long they have been missing.
· MAY 25 is both National and International Missing Children’s Day.
· The majority of the victims of human trafficking are black and brown women and children.
· 72% of the world’s trafficking victims are reported here in the US.
· America is the top destination for those forced into slavery to this day.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
The International Centre For Missing And Exploited Children website has multilingual resources and information on legislation. For more information, call (1-703-837-6313), or click here: http://www.icmec.org/
National Center For Missing And Exploited Children has a 24-hour hotline, the Congressional-authorized CyberTipline. Call 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678), or visit http://www.missingkids.com/home
Take25.org – Start the conversation with your child! Take25.org has a Child ID Toolkit and other tools to engage the entire family: http://www.take25.org/StartTheConversation. Download the child ID toolkit here: http://www.take25.org/Resources/ChildIdKit
The Polaris Project – Named after the North Star which guided enslaved Africans toward freedom along the Underground Railroad, The Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. Call (202-745-1001) or visit http://www.polarisproject.org/
United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime has anti-trafficking tools and publications; click here http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/index.html?ref=menuside for more information.
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 From the African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise up a child”.
 George Washington Carver: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”.
 Adapted from “Ella’s Song”, by Dr. Bernice Reagon.