Be Silent: 3,800 versus 1

I know the death of 1 poor child is less tragic than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 10 Asian children is less horrific than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 100 African children is less lamentable than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 1000 S. American children is less sickening than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 3,000 children under the age of 5 is less heartbreaking than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know this
and now you know this
because yesterday 3,800 children under the age of 5 died of preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water and no one talked about it.
I didn't, did you?

Today another 3,800 will be buried and not a tear will be shed, or a story written.
No memorials, or wreaths will be laid, no psychologists on talk shows.
None.
This is the world that I have created by being silent
This is the world that I love
This is my world
This is your world
So live, be silent and be happy. 





Just in case you wanted to break the silence
visit
BLOG ACTION DAY: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/
ADRA Water Focus: http://www.adra.org/silas/flash/phlog_water/index.html
for more info 


Watch




Statistics 
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
Number estimated from statistics in the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.

1 life lost in this senseless way is tragic, 4 lives lost is a crisis - Ellen DeGeneres
(message on kids who have committed suicide in September due to anti-gay bullying)


Every day, 3,800 children under the age of five die from preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water.
Dirrahoea remains in the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009

4 comments:

dhjaxman bagucci said...

truly harrowing tale... guess little steps add up..

Mwajim Al said...

you should check out http://www.charitywater.org
Its an organization with the same burden you have raised, and I love them because they actually use 100% of the donations to building the wells and not paying contractors or labor - just the wells :D

Kafo said...

@ Mwajim Al: i was on their website earlier today, thanks for the info. I didn't know that they were using 100 percent of donations to do that

@ BAGUCCI: okay i will not call you that anymore dhjaxman???what does this mean.
anywayzzzz yes it is harrowing, i guess what trips mii up the most is the fact that for the most part i'm oblivious to all this pain and suffering

Tisha said...

I understand
we are working but not fast enough.

I know it may not make sense but the children in their thousands and the gay American teen all need Jesus. If they had Jesus, it would all be worth it...