Lest We Forget…

In Flanders Fields

In loving living memory of all those children bought and sold for combat, labour, and sex during times of government upheaval, war and revolution…

Child soldier 1  Child soldier 2  Child soldier 3

May we never lose sight of a parent's desperation when they sell off their own off to feed the rest or save their lives…
May when have compassion on the orphaned who join up with militias because they have nowhere to go…
May we pursue understanding when soldiers infiltrate villages and towns, killing parents and loved ones in order to cow children into submission…
May we seek justice for those forcing these little ones into acts of violence… and may those perpetrators turn from their violence and cease their actions and the actions of their fellows…
May we uphold the weary work of those who live and love these children, housing them, feeding them, raising them, de-brainwashing them, running to them when they scream into the night…
May we never forget that "Never Again" has never been a reality… war still tears our world apart and people profit off of the misery of others…

But most of all…

May we see our free and healthy hands, hearts and feet and move towards stopping the atrocities that are destroying the youngest of lives in our world.

To the children: we know you are there… and here. We are coming. We are praying. There will be freedom, love and restoration. I will never presume to say at what cost to you… knowing many of you have lost everything already. As I remember you today, I pray the tiniest grain of hope's sand would light before your eyes and draw your gaze upward… far, far away from the guns, the abuse, and the fields of desolation.

I do not know all of your names nor do you know mine or my compatriots. We will not dishonour your forced sacrifice and suffering. But we will fight for your freedom. We love you.

Amen.
 
 
 
 

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