One moment everything in the village seemed fine and then that tranquility was shattered as the killer took the little girls life. No one saw it coming. No one saw the demon leave
A few miles away, the scene was the same.
Little Bernabe was quietly sleeping in his mother’s bed and then the same killer who earlier in the day had struck down a beautiful girl named Lilia struck again, and Bernabe was gone.
And so it went across the hillside, one village after another until at the end of the day, 20 beautiful children with their whole lives in front of them were no more.
Yet this was just in one small country in Latin America.
Sadly, the scene was going to play out in exactly the same way around the world in a macabre reign of global terror against the “least of these.”
By the end of the day more than 75 children died at the hands of this insidious killer.
Sadly, few people outside of these impoverished villages were even aware. Beyond a few close friends, few tears fell and not one world leader attended a funeral for even one of these young innocent victims, all of whom died before ever reaching the flower of their life.
There were no words calling us to action, no promises that we would not allow this to happen again. There was no Huffington Post, MSNBC or any other media outlet leading the charge to stop these senseless deaths. President Obama provided no words of comfort for the victims parents or their villages.
In fact, even though every one of these 75 children who died could still be alive today, not one Senator or Congressman has taken up their cause.
Perhaps what is even sadder is that while 75 innocent children died that day, the demon would strike again the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that.
And the deaths will continue. Each year more than 25,000 children die of hunger and hunger related illnesses. Many of these deaths could be prevented, if only we had the will.
While the deaths in Newtown, Connecticut have transfixed the United States and others around the globe, others are asking who is speaking for the rest of the world. Who is speaking up for children with names like Bernabe, Abideme, Olufemi or Faiza?
If the deaths of 20 children in Newtown are reason enough to warrant 24/7 coverage from the likes of CNN, why not the 75 children that will die today, and tomorrow for lack of food?
The world currently produces enough food to provide every man, woman and child a daily diet of 2500 calories.
We could totally stop this stalking demon in his tracks if only we had the will.
Will you speak for the 75?