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Can You Hear Their Cries?
Do my photos disturb you? I hope that you answered yes to that question. I didn't want you to answer yes simply because of the faces in the photos. I am hoping you answered that way because you, just like me, are at a loss to understand what these children did to make someone so angry they felt the need to hurt them this way. What would prompt me to even want to post such photos as these? We see this type of thing each and every day.
Today, I sat and read a story, sadly, a True story that compelled me to write about this horror. This write isn't so much about the story I read as the content that was the story. Briefly, I will tell you what I read. As I tell you this story, you may find yourself as I did; sitting, crying for the child and shaking my head, trying to absorb the reality of the scenario that unfolded in my head.
A 22 year old woman... I won't even dare to call her a mother, crazy-glued her 2 year olds hands to a wall and then proceeded to beat her. Not that there is a single reason in the world to ever do this to anyone, let alone a child, but the reason for this inhuman act was over a "potty-training" oops. The little baby didn't make it to the bathroom so this woman glued her to the wall and then beat her nearly to death. She also hit the girl in the stomach with a jug of milk, kicked her in the stomach and beat her with a shoe and a belt. The little baby may have brain damage and multiple other issues from the beating.
I sit here this morning, re-reading the words I have put here for you to read. My mind tries to process what this woman did to her child. I searched the internet and found more cases of abuse than I cared to find. I guess I had hoped it would not be quite as easy to find so many cases. My heart ached for these children, innocent and yet still, they suffer at the hands of people that pass themselves off as human. The mixture of anger and sadness and emotional ripping of my heart is tremendous. I try my best to imagine the mind that could do such a thing but I can not. I can only feel the pain of these babies and how the must wonder why they are being tortured so badly.
Another thought crosses my mind as I think on this. What has happened to this world we live in that such atrocities could even happen? How far away have our souls gone that a person could harm a child in this way? There has got to be something that is missing that would allow someone to do this and then walk away as if it never occurred. I know that a "sin" is a "sin" no matter how big or small it is. I understand that we all must be held accountable for our actions. My mind says that even though that is true, surely people that harm babies in any way must have to pay for their actions in a huge way.
What you see in those photos goes on every single day. We, as a people, as a nation, a world, must take a true stand and stop this from happening. I don't have the answers to how we do that but I do know that exposure and punishments that are so incredibly strict and feared need to be in place. WE are their only protection, the only source that they can go to and find safety. The world still chooses to turn it's eyes away, pretending somehow to believe that what we don't look at or acknowledge, we don't have to deal with. Those babies can't turn away and they Do have to deal with it.
Child abuse and families killing their own children is a sign of the times. These things are not what the normal mind would ever do. My tears run now as I struggle to find the words that will make you feel and understand that those precious beings are given to us as a gift. A gift to love and nurture and teach the ways of life. They are NOT punching bags or stress balls or something to take out our anger issues on. They are babies and they tiny and fragile and more than that... they are trusting.
I ask you to keep your heart and your eyes open. Do not be afraid t speak on the child's behalf. Get involved, reach out, tell someo0ne if you see something that is not right. If we don't use our voices to save these babies, then our own future is at stake. there very ones that will one day run our Nation will cease to exist. God bless those babies that suffer in the dark, out of our site. Those we do see, do not just look away. Be a voice for them!!!!!!