I continue to read One Child. It's become my daily reading fix. I look forward to each day's segment with anticipation and curiosity. It's a bit of a pleasurable frustration when I come to the end of the daily release, and know I can't read further even though I always want to. I'll be sorry to come to the end of it this Wednesday. Perhaps this trailer will inspire you to join the experience?
We all have such a need for happy endings. We want Halima to escape the clutches of the scum, go to school, become a teacher, and make a difference to her country. We want Kadir to be able to feed and shelter his daughters. We want Fleming and Tabraiz to get what's coming to them in spades, preferably painfully. We want every one of those soldiers to make it safely home to their families.
We want white picket fences, iced lemonade, blue skies and the sound of children laughing.
The world isn't like that everywhere though. Whatever we want and regardless of what we have, we must not pretend not to know the reality. The world is also dirty, violent, bloody and cruel. Children are bought and sold, women are mutilated and murdered by their families, starvation and disease are devastating, disasters cause limitless suffering, and politics prevent help from ever arriving.
How do I, one Canadian mother, make a difference?