Almost daily we have amazing stories coming into our office. Stories of abolitionists, survivors, partners etc. I received this story last week from a 14 year old abolitionist who is part of a Love146 teen Task Force. I wanted to share it with you. Thank you Soraya for sending us your story!
It's amazing how children react when they are told bad things are happening to their peers. The other day I was babysitting, and one of the kids asked me what the 146 on my walls mean. I told her that it's part of a group I'm in that stops bad things from happening to kids her age.
"Why don't you just put all the bad people in jail?"
A lot of them are in jail, but there's more that aren't.
And soon enough I was being interegated by a seven year old, a seven year old who seemed astonished by the fact that she lives a happy life, while others her age are not.
"So the kids my age, don't go out to play? Or have mommies to tell them bedtime stories?"
No, the bad people don't allow for that.
Then a tear started to roll down her face, one single tear, that tear made me realize that no matter what age you could still care. "Thank you" was the only thing she uttured.
It puts me in awe when I see how attatched kids can be to others, that they haven't met. How they are soon enough ready to stop anything that is not keeping the happy world they know. How one child can become so emotionally attatched and not even know the details. That one little girl's sad, innocent eyes gives you more of a reason to want to stop the pain. Then I told her of a place, a wonderful place where the kids get to play and so many nice people can tell them bedtime stories. I was talking about the Round Home. Also how some kids will find their mommie, and crying, but their tears will then be of happiness. And to think in that ten minute conversation already twenty children were sold, but in the time I sleep, the time I dream, nearly 1000 kids are sold. Its all of this that keeps the passion for helping still burning.