Monthly Archives: November 2011

No Words

The following video is of a graphic nature and viewers with sensitive constitutions are warned.  I can’t deny the images are hard to handle, but it is the reality that many children face in our world today.

 

We can and need to make a change!

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Words from a True Story

“Don´t you understand? You have been sold. I own you now. I cannot describe what happened when I heard those words. It was like standing on the edge of a cliff, feeling my feet slip into nowhere. I could not breathe. I was an object now. With a price tag. I was nothing.”

According to the universal declaration of human rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), every person has the right to a life of freedom, and no one has the right to hold another in slavery.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

Article 8

1.No one shall be held in slavery; slavery and the slave-trade in all their forms shall be prohibited.

The universal declaration about the human rights

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 4

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohib- ited in all their forms.

To sign a declaration is not enough, there are things that need to be done, let us act and fight for the right of every persons right to life and freedom.

Photo: Unicef. http://www.flickr.com/photos/unicefsverige/

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Encouragement

We cannot change the world and all the injustices that mar our society by ourselves. But an inspiring and beautiful person encouraged me today: “No one can help every single person in this world, but all of us can help someone. Together we can make things happen!”

It encouraged me. And for all of you who read my blog, I don’t write to give you a bad conscience. I don’t want to put you down by saying you don’t do enough. I don’t know what breaks your heart. This is what breaks mine, and I must do something about it. Follow your heart, and I will follow mine, and together we can bring about justice for others. Sometimes just a hug is enough to change the world around you. Encouragement can chaneg a person’s perspective on things.

Together we can fight injustice!

Loved

To love and respect others we must love and respect ourselves. If we do not start there we lose our selves, and then we cannot extend love to others. So be proud of who you are–you are beautiful, loved and precious. In knowing this, it is easier to help others in need. You are important. Let us respect ourselves in order that we may have the strength to love others, respect them, and know their true value.

You are loved, deeply loved!

I don´t know your name, but I know your story!

At seventeen, a young Nepalese girl thought she should earn a living just like her brothers. She wanted to have a job. She asked her mother for permission to go to Kathmandu, and her mother agreed; but because of the girl’s lack of education, she could only find a job at a carpet factory. At work, she grew close to Hari, a fellow worker, who eventually told her of a better job with higher wages. She agreed to come with him to a big city in India, where Hari sold her into prostitution.

Some of us might wonder why she would trust Hari to find her a better job in another country? Why didn’t she suspect that the job sounded too good to be true? We question is not whether or not it’s dangerous to seek jobs overseas, but that there are people out there like Hari, who saw an opportunity to use a defenseless girl for money. In Sweden, it is a common thing to go abroad to study or explore the world and gain experience. It is easy for us to take things for granted–a well-paid job, food on the table, a place to live, good friends–but for most people these are not inherent rights. They live in a world that has taken such privilege from them. Why should this girl not have the same opportunities, without running the risk of disappearing in the billion dollar sex industry? It is estimated that 200,000 young Nepali girls are involved in prostitution in Indian brothels.

We do not know her name, but we know her story.

(Story taken from Sex trafficking in South Asia. Mary Crawford. 2010)

If we never face reality we will never be able to change things in our world. – M

Worth thinking about

A person behind all the statistics – this is Maya´s story!

I have read many stories that break my heart, and one belongs to a women called Maya. At age fourteen, she was promised a job in New Delhi by a young man. Maya crossed the border from Nepal to India, not suspecting that everything was a lie. She would not arrive to a great job opportunity. What job waited for her? A brothel in Mumbai. For months was badly beaten and raped, and when she did finally submit to the life of a prostitute, she was forced to serve up to thirty-five customers a day. If she spent even just a few minutes longer with a client she was beaten with an iron rod.

This was her life for eleven years. She worked until she was too sick to work any longer. Finally, she was let go, but her freedom was far from sweet. She was suffering from tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. When she returned to her hometown, her family refused to to drink from the water she collected from the spring because she was HIV positive.

Maya’s situation is a reality for many girls in our world today. Let us not be silent in the face of injustice.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.  – Mother Teresa

Never stop doing good!

Who will be her freedom?

Foto: Joakim Nilsson

It is estimated that 1.2 million children are lost in human trafficking rings each year. Often they are lured by the promise of work, but are sold into prostitution or forced into slavery, into war as child soldiers. They are stripped of their freedom.

Stand for what is right. Fight this injustice. Be her freedom!

foto:Joakim Nilsson

Always find a reason to do good!

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