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We Will Make Things Happen...

A reporter once asked a child from Darfur what he wanted to say to the world if given a chance, and the child answered, "We are here. Please don't forget us."

I can still recall the horrific pictures circulated on email of children struggling to survive from poverty and war. There was one picture I could never forget...that of a child sitting lifeless with his head bent on his knees and a large hawk stood behind him, looking and waiting to take him as prey. The pictures exposed the realities of life that people who have not seen nor gone through it, could ever imagine as really happening. But it is happening and not just in Darfur. It is happpening in Horn of Africa now and in other parts of the world.

As we marked the Universal Children’s Day (http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/) on November 20, I pondered over what have been achieved for the millions of children suffering from so many unfortunate tragedies in life…from being victims of poverty, to being child soldiers or laborers, trafficked humans, or victims of domestic violence.

Almost half the world - over three billion people, still live on less than $2.50 a day. 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.”

In all the efforts to eradicate poverty and many of these problems, the woman’s role is critical. Statistics show that women produce 80% of the food in poor countries. Yet women are more likely than men to be poor and at risk of hunger because of discrimination they face in education, health care and employment.

Many are deprived of their basic rights and dignity. They are given less importance in society where the male is viewed as the dominant figure. As such, women are not given the opportunity to be fully empowered to achieve what they are really capable of.

However, women empowerment IS happening. Despite the obvious resistance from other societies whose cultural belief is that women have no significant role to play, women have established an undeniable niche in society. The contributions of women leaders have helped shape the world’s view of how far and wide women empowerment can reach. The emergence of high profile female world leaders like Corazon Aquino, Indira and Sonia Gandhi or Benazir Bhutto speaks for itself. Laws passed to increase the number of women in elected posts recognizes their importance.

To rephrase the words of the child from Darfur, "We are here. You can't ignore us. We will make things happen."

Comments

Okeny-Lucia's picture

We will for sure

Hey Lyl,
Thank you for this heart rending information.That photo is still with us,every citizen who saw it shed tears.The one reporter who took later committed suicide because he could not imagine such suffering and it was a very traumatic information to his life as a journalist.
Good work,very detailed and to the point.
Good day and I wish you well in your endevor.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

usha kc's picture

Dear Ly,

Dear Ly,
thank you so much for the post. your post reflects and represents the reality of the world.

keep speak on..

love

Hi Lucia,

Thank you for your comment and sharing the news about the reporter who took the picture. You have no idea how much that affected me. If someone so far away as me can feel so emotional about what happened there, what more for people who get to see the real situation up close. I can't imagine the trauma the reporter must have felt seeing such tragedy before is eyes. I sometimes feel guilty and so inadequate that there is so little I can really do to help but bring such realities out into the open for others to read about and hope that they would take action.

Best regards. :)

Lylin

Lylinaguas's picture

We can make it happen...

Thanks Usha. I hope writing about it helps open many people's eyes to the reality that the problem cannot and should not be ignored. Something can be done about it and only man can solve the problem he himself created.

Regards. :)

Lylin

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