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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

UN Peacekeepers and Aid Workers Abusing Children

You know some days I feel like Neo in the movie, The Matrix. You take that red pill one day and see the world as you have never seen it before. Not that we don't have our share of chronicling Satan's handiwork, but this just was so sad to think about .. Aid workers and "peaces keepers who are supposed to be HUMANITARIAN soliciting sexual favors for food:

Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food and money, Save the Children UK said in a report released Tuesday....CNN
There is no panacea, but I've realized that the only way women and girls anywhere can truly be free is be financially independent. That doesn't mean rich, but in many places in the world, that means being able to eat on occasion. $2.80 and some chocolate. and I was complaining about $3 gas.
IF this story makes you angry or sad and you feel an overwhelming urge to DO something, you might want to investigate groups like Heifer International. They don't just come in and give aid and leave the local community begging for more, they work on sustainable development with microloans and microbusinesses that allow women to be entrepreneurs so that they can end the cycle of abject poverty that leaves their children vulnerable to this kind of exploitation in exchange for food.