Don’t Let the Outrage Die
by Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D.
Today, I say a prayer for our children and for the adults who are making the decisions that so negatively impact our children, including you and me.
As many of us cuddle with our children in the safety of our homes and feed them 5-6 times in a day, the truth is that unspeakable tragedies against children are occurring not just in Connecticut, but in Chicago, in Killeen, in China, in Nigeria, in Sudan, Mexico, India, Thailand, and in your neighborhood. Having lost four children and watched a 5th child fight for his life, I am painfully aware that there is value in every life whether rich or poor, educated or not, from a 2-parent or foster home, living in the US or in the desert. Every life has value and the collective outrage we all expressed on December 14, 2012, should be present every day for the thousands of lives that are needlessly sacrificed daily.
The United Nations reports that about 21,000 children die every day around the world. 21,000!!!
That is equivalent to:
•1 child dying every 4 seconds
•14 children dying every minute
•Just under 7.6 million children dying every year
Mothers watch helplessly as their beloved children die slow torturous deaths from malnutrition, preventable diseases and war. Twitter and Facebook don’t light up for these children. There are no candlelight vigils, no graves with beautiful markers, no memorials, no prayers going up for the people they’ve left behind. The media and the world ignore their deaths, thereby devaluing their lives. And you and I carry on with our lives, complicit in our silence, blind to the human carnage, oblivious to the tears of blood flowing from our brothers and sisters.
And brothers and sisters we all are, whether we acknowledge it or not, for we are all created in God’s image. We are all equally valued by our maker. He knows the number of the hairs on their heads even as he knows ours. He captures and saves every tear they cry even as he cherishes ours.
Today, as you wax eloquent on the senseless tragedy of yesterday and the politics of God and school, gun laws, mental illness, knife-wielding murderers, take a moment to proactively make a difference. Drop off food at your local food pantry, provide employment for a struggling parent, clothe a needy child, volunteer with a youth program, go online and donate generously to a charity committed to meeting the needs of children. There are many reputable ones out there, Samaritan’s Purse, Feed the Children, World Vision, Rotary International, etc.
The picture above was taken by Kevin Carter, a photojournalist. He later committed suicide. Excerpts from Cater’s suicide note read: “I’m really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist…depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners… ”
Cry for the children of Connecticut and cry for the children of the world. Call out to our Father in heaven and ask him to heal our world. Then, wipe those tears and commit to being a part of the solution. No one person can save our children, but with each of us doing our part, fewer of these precious souls will meet such untimely deaths. demand more of yourself and our elected officials. With each of us passionately seeking and serving God we will see less evil even as we wait for that day when evil will reign no more on the earth. Don’t let the outrage die. Don’t let these lives be in vain.
Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She and her husband live in Central Texas with their five miraculous children. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at email@example.com.