Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 25th:International Day for the Commemoration of the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade


This is my 100th post! So, I wanted to write about something that I feel has recently grabbed my attention and my heart.
Yesterday was the first annual International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This includes contemporary forms of slavery – such as human traficking, forced prostitution, child soldiers, forced and bonded labour and the use of children in the international drug trade. Unfortunately these terrible crimes are still flourishing today, largely as a result of vulnerability exacerbated by poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. (taken from the UN homepage)

On Sunday night at my church I will be attending an Anti-Slavery forum.
Slavery is alive today with an estimated 27 million people enslaved by human trafficking. Every year, 800-900,000 people are bought, sold or forced across world borders.

The aim of Sunday night's forum is to find out how our actions as individuals can change the world. Featuring Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, local MPs and other informed guests, it should be an informative night. Here's the details:
Sunday, 29 March 2009, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 99-101 Argus St, Cheltenham, 3192
Contact: (03) 9585 2455

Zoe Children's Home in Thailand is an organisation that is doing something about this probelm. They are saving precious souls from a horrible life and giving them hope! I love to find organisations like this to support!

There website is currently under construction but be sure to check it out soon at www.zoechildrenshomes.org This estract was taken from the site recently:

Sara and Isabell are sisters ages 4 and 7. They were abandoned by their father, and for survival they were left on the streets selling flowers to strangers in bars. Their mother is an alcoholic, and with the probability of following in their older sisters footsteps of prostitution, they are the typical children of the streets where 9 out of 10 children are sold into prostitution. An urgent call came into ZOE one night that the girls needed a stable home or they would most likely be headed for a brothel. Even though at the time there was no room or financial means to rescue more children – we just could not say no. We made room for both girls. Because they are not truly orphans, it continues to be a challenge to keep them safe in our care and away from a life at risk...

If this issue breaks your heart as much as it has mine, start to look for ways that you can make a difference. It may be as simple as changing some of the brands that you buy at the supermarket, sponsoring a child in need or adding your voice to the whisper that is gathering momentum right around the globe. When people act, things change, and something desperately needs to change for the millions of children and young people who are being bought and sold every day. (See Compassion website for details on their campaign Moved to Action)

As Martin Luther King Jr. – the great civil rights activist – once memorably said,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

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