Oct 01, 2010 Letters
Child Protection Week, under the theme “Positive parenting, saving tomorrow today” has been a focus on children in distressing, abusive situations that laws implemented are executed to safeguard, their lives and security, where the ministry is making great efforts to reach out, to help and support the best way it can.
But, life, today in our society has become so grave and depraving, how many will help reach and how many more will it come too late for. There are monsters in human disguise walking among us waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting, helpless and vulnerable.
Children are indeed the tomorrow that has to be protected today, for they are the future generation, who will keep the legacy of our existence alive and if they are abused and denied proper care, comfort and guidance they so deserve from a young and tender age, what are we going to have as a future generation.
The abuse and cruelty perpetrated on their young and defenceless bodies is a crime and sin that will so scar their minds, it may never heal. These are children who will live with rebellion, anger, frustration and distrust, that it will take more than a home, shelter, food and clothing to heal the emotional wounds.
One short story writer whose work was published in the newspapers, depicted the reasons for the child’s rebellion, anger and distrust for the stories touch on the realities of children’s suffering as we know it and see it today.
To highlight a few, it tells the story of a young boy, whose mother died in childbirth and hated by his father and rejected by his family, he grew up in an orphanage, yearning for a mother’s love and the blessed comfort of her embrace and warm voice, so each night when the stars were out in the sky, he would wish for God to send him a mother, like her, turning away from everyone else whom he felt in his heart wasn’t her.
“The Street Urchin”, is an orphan boy who moved from one foster home to the next, but the love and care he craved for, he could not find with those families so he ran away, living on the streets looking for that one person to give him that genuine love, until one day, he did find her.
“Twinkle Twinkle little star”, tells of a little girl living in abject poverty with an alcoholic mother and step-father in a shack in the city, begging on the streets to help supplement the family, she refused to be placed in a children’s home and ran away for she wanted to live in a home where there is light, love and laughter.
“Ball of Fire”, is the story of a young man from a single parent home, who has chosen the wrong path, on dealing with drugs and at the correctional centre, he became rebellious and full of hate, until a social worker with a pleasant personality and mellow voice spoke to him about love, about self belief and self confidence and how life could be as good as you make it.
Her words helped him to find himself and be somebody of worth.
The writer seemed to reach into the children’s heart and captured the essence of their longing and desire, their pain and anguish, their hopes and dreams.
It is an understanding society needs to have, to reach out with helping hands, genuine love and kind words so in every corner, a child can be rescued and saved and collective hands can protect our children of tomorrow, today.
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