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A Leaf in Springtime

“O Children of dust! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor…” ~ Baha’u’llah

I once saw a child barely two years old sitting on a heap of wet filth sifting through its contents in Kabul, Afghanistan. That image, framed by my car window lasted for two seconds before the car lurched forward taking me away. I have not forgotten you, little child. This post is dedicated to the poor. The voiceless masses of our world.

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Writing this from my safe, sanitised little world and warmly heated home, poverty seems a million miles away. Yet, I must not forget that for every 3.6 seconds while I’m writing this, someone dies of hunger. I must not forget that 15 million children die of hunger every year. (that’s the entire population of Finland, Denmark and Norway put together). I must not forget that 925 million people in the world today do not…

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  1. Sadly, lot’s of sight and no true insight. Isn’t it curious that the first thing attacked in Afghanistan (by all ‘sides’) were the schools? And that education has been specifically denied females?

    One notes the author telling others what is necessary…from the comfort of her sanitized bubble.

    When one has sacrificed the wealth of the (largely subverted by Divine Right) “developed” nations on the pyre of 3rd World nations (controlled entirely by Divine Right) without teaching them the best we know…what will be left?

    Oh, that’s right…the renewed domination of Divine Right worldwide.

  2. Dear Keith,
    I thank you so much for your kind re-blog. My greatest wish is that we may be able to lessen even in some small way the suffering of the poor. My best wishes to you. Sharon

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