While the whole world focuses on ranking who gets the best of advances in science, best gadgets, mighty powers of ammunitions, strongest access to communicate with one another, the most recent model of cars and planes, of drones and robots, of slimmest phones and fastest cars, the most prominent and powerful figures and almost all have given men the crazy quest to achieve and possess…. all things, practically all of which human life’s value comes secondary.

Many of us have moved around the globe and have seen a lot of societies’ attitude towards children. Can we name one that makes a good example to the words of care our Lord Jesus have for the well-being of children? The children are always the ones who suffer most in almost all situations whether in families who has all or has nothing at all.  Let us look at how children around the globe experience the most devastating situation at early age. Deprived of play, fun and of care, are rather pushed in situations to which they are called laborers, earners rather than players or supposed to be learners in schools. Worst, they are forced to unfriendly and hazardous to health environments.

Today, is dedicated in reminding us all to help eradicate the ills of child labor, or at least strive to give attention to what matters most in children’s lives. Every human person deserves respect just as every child is entitled to live as a child in his environment, in his own home. It is every child’s right to enjoy play, study, and family. Although it is usual in families, to look after their own children, from feeding and sending them to get education in institutions to helping them achieve in every way possible. How many of us care to see beyond our own to know as to how and where others’ children are? How many of us would go beyond to listen, to guide and care how children feel and think about their little world? What hopes do we offer to the young minds, what dreams do we help them realize?

As responsible persons in our society, we are called today to be more conscious of the realities around us. To preach and live that compassion, that gentleness that we need to enhance in our living. How sad that we have not learned enough to make it a reality in the years back. It is about time to make it real as the world hungers for care and love from one another.

“Let the children come to me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…” Jesus’ words are powerful for us to listen and act as we learn from His teachings. What do we do for the children today after all the claims we have as sent to go and preach…. We all know that children have their own way of looking at things and to our surprise, they go beyond our expectation many times. Sometimes they reason beyond what we imagined! But, it is always good to hear children speak of what they are undergoing…

The Philippine National Statistics Office alone reported 5.5 million child laborers aged 5-17, three million of whom are exposed to hazardous working environments. Many African children are killed in tunnels to maintain the supply of finest mobile phones and Latin American children of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Columbia suffer in sugarcane plantations. Indian young children are in coal and silver mines, in cement and mud bricks production. Chinese, Indonesian and Pakistani kids are forced to maintain a regular supply of textiles and volumes of clothing materials. Many more to the chain of supply and demand response at the expense of children’s lives.

How powerful is our presence among the young? Is it duty, passion or compassion that move us to be among them? Do we take their side because they have no one to take their plight, or because we keep them to keep us where we are? Poverty almost always push children at the margins as it could take them to places not meant for their age nor environments as most are dangerous to their physical, mental and psychological development. Many of our children around the globe, suffer consequences of both poverty, hand to mouth cycle or parents’ neglect. They land in in laborious ordeal of textile and ammunition factories, cement and bricks production, vending foods and vegetables, to plantations of cotton, tea, cocoa, sugarcane to dangerous tunnels and mines digging for coals, gold, diamonds, metal, silver and coltan. Others are forced into hazardous trades of drugs, to child combatants and even prostitution.

As responsible persons in our society, we are called today to be more conscious of the realities around us. To preach and live that compassion, that gentleness that we need to enhance in our living. How sad that we have not learned enough to make it a reality in the years back. It is about time to make it real as the world hungers for care and love from one another.

It is about time to spread sunshine into their paths, to bring a smile into their faces and better vision of a future meant for them. What are the common things we can do together to stop this chain of slavery among our young children, our future people? How do we address this to the different helping groups we have in our communities, in our prayer groups and people concern in governments? Do we take a stand to counter these acts of injustices done to the young who are both voiceless and powerless? Will we allow them to see the world as a continuous dungeon or an unending tunnel that devours their joy and excitement to hope and dream? Let us not forget that we can learn a lot from children, of kind gestures of friendship, inclusion, forgiveness, openness, honesty and tenderness as it comes natural of them…  They are gifts to humanity, treasures to the future of every living being and God’s special friends as they mark the character of abandonment, trust in God’s providential care and generosity.

Let us strive to do something to regain their dignity of human life, make their lives better and happier. Be aware, get involved in their quest for their freedom and acceptance as members of God’s family, not as slaves fulfilling the avarice and whims of those who has yet to know what matters most, after all.  Let us be light and salt today, a gentle lift in the lives of those who suffer the most.

Some information could be drawn from these links around the world: www.manilatimes.net

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