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Eyes of Children From Sewer Grates

23 April 2009 3 Comments

 There are eyes of children looking up from sewer grates in Addis Ababa, the capitol city of Ethiopia.  They are not just street children- they are underground children.  They have made their homes in the sewage piping and filthy underground caverns below the city.  They live in dirty tunnels, sewers, caverns and drain holes for the septic waste system, under city streets where thousands walk over them every day without “seeing” them.  The world needs to know this. 

Who will help them?  Can I?

How can we go about our days eating plenty, choosing more expensive clothes than we need, seeking prosperity- and putting out of our minds that these are real children living in desparate conditions who need parents, a family, a real home and daily food.

The eyes of children.  What will they say to us when we all stand before God?

What can we do to help now?

After returnig from Iraq in 2003, I struggled with my inability to “fix” the sufferings of the beautiful Iraqi people.  After months of torment, grasping at any opportunity to help, but achieving little, someone wise told me a story that helped.

Once, there was a little boy who went to the ocean shore.  Over night, tens of thousands of starfish had washed up on the sand.  Knowing that the starfish would die if he did not put them back in the water, he scrambled to collect them and starting throwing them back in the ocean as fast as he could.  Salty sand stinging his eyes, tears of pain mixed with tears of frustration, as he could not begin to help them all.  Yet, he continued working to save them.  His father came and bid him stop- telling the little boy it was an impossible task- to give it up.  “You can not possibly save them all,” his father said.

“Yes, but the ones I can throw back in the water are happy.”  And he continued as long as he could.

The lesson:  You can do only what you can do, but that you can do.

So what can we do about the eyes of the children looking up from the sewer grates in Ethiopia?

Is there someone who will go there with me now?  Fund a mission to help?

Click here to see more information about this from BBC News: PICTURES OF THE CHIDLREN


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