Sunday, May 4, 2014

Nigeria's kidnapped girls: 'Not For Sale”




"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." Nelson Mandela

As people across the world speak out and protest about the over 200 young girls kidnapped in Nigeria, it made be begin to ask myself  “How did we get to a place that we don’t value the lives of our children”? I believe a lot of this is due to selfishness and being only concerned about our-selves and expecting children to fend for themselves.    


When I see 7-12 year olds with mobile phones, dressing like adults, disrespecting adults in the USA, It just confirms to me that we have removed ourselves as parents from the important role of raising our children.  We are allowing our children to grow up too fast and those that have no regard for life or our children feel that it gives them the liberty to do what they like with them.   

We have to get back to allowing children to be children and parents to do their role of parenting. Yes, it is hard but children will not make it without it.  Adults have to make sure children are being protected.  As I write this blog I started singing a chorus in Yolanda Adams song What About the Children. 

What about the children
To ignore is so easy
So many innocent children will choose the wrong way
So what about the children
Remember when we were children
And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us
Where would we be today...
What about the children they need our help today
And what about the children they need us
more than ever more than ever more than ever
what about the children where would we be today
What about the children

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
 Nelson Mandela


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