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Child Solider

March 25, 2010

Please take the time to read. This can be considered graphic by some. I cried the first time I read it. Just a note of warning.

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“Please God, no more killing. Not today. I can’t watch anymore.” That is how the prayer went.

Off in the distance, Allen can hear the screams, the piercing blasts of gunfire, and the panic of sheer terror hits him. He knows all too well the significance of the sounds. How could he ever forget? They were the same sounds the heard right before the soldiers stormed his village and violently abducted his mother and father, brutally beating them to death to intimated and coerce other abductees.

On that horrible day, the rebels did leave Allen behind. But after hiding in the bush for weeks with five other boys, sleeping on the ground with no food or water, the rebels found them. Allen was only ten years old.

From the moment he was abducted, he was beaten two or three times a day and given little food or water. “Get up boy. It’s time to watch your friends die.” the rebel soldier yelled to Allen. He was forced to watch helplessly as the soldiers bludgeoned his friends in the head until they lay motionless in the gruesome pool of their own blood. Under threats of death, the rebels forced him to commit heinous acts of evil as well. He could feel his heart slipping into darkness.

Tonight, when Allen is sent to collect firewood, he plans to run. He will run hard…he’ll run until he collapses if he has to. Freedom is his dream. And maybe if he runs far enough he can live for a day with no killing and perhaps began to heal.

~ The Love Revolution – Joyce Meyer

Statistics say:
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted over thirty THOUSAND children to serve as soldiers or sex slaves in Uganda. In addition to being beaten, raped, and forced to march until exhausted, abducted children were forced to participate in the killing of other children who attempted to escape.

Child slavery is REAL. Not only are children just like my own being forced into wars, they are being used as sex slaves. EVERY DAY. It could happen to your child. Please take a moment and say a prayer for those in this situation. They desperately need it right now. This is a situation in which we say, What can I do? Its such a huge issue and what can one person do? The first step is to pray.

If this has moved you in the slightest, I ask you to visit Move For Uganda and watch the video. I understand that this walk takes place during church but you can do as Keith and I are doing and support someone who is walking and take place in the festivities at Coolidge Park after church. You may also become a fan of theirs on Facebook

For even more survivor testimonies, visit Polaris Project.

For an amazing 3:05 animated video on sex slavery, please visit Stop Child Slavery

And pray. Please pray for these children.

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  1. April 1, 2010 1:11 am

    What is happening in Uganda and other places (like the Congo) is sincerely breaking my heart. It’s so hard to fathom this reality for young children … or even for adults! Have you heard of Falling Whistles? The story there is pretty powerful. I like to watch their intro video over and over sometimes and can’t wait to get my own whistle to wear proudly around my neck! (Check them out at http://www.fallingwhistles.com)

    I care a lot about the issue of human trafficking, too. I work for a company that is raising awareness and resources to fight it in a unique way. It feels so good to be doing something to help, especially because it’s an issue that can feel so dreadfully overwhelming.

    (Found you through Anne Jackson’s blog today!)

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