Fasting with only water yesterday was easier than last week. My body is adjusting to the lack of adequate calories. I am losing weight and definitely moving much slower than the early weeks. Tuesdays are a busy day with carpools and several after-school activities. The time in between was spent on numerous but productive conference calls. By evening, however, I hit a wall. I got kids bathed, teeth brushed, and stories read, and asleep by 8. But then spent the wee hours awake with our littlest one, who is sick. Ever mindful of how blessed we are, I cannot imagine taking care of sick children without clean water, clean towels, adequate clothes and bedding, and medicine as simple as Tylenol.
Who is supposed to look out for children when conflict breaks out? The children of Sudan, Sri Lanka, Gaza, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Columbia, and so many other places grow up under truly traumatizing conditions. Humanity can and must do better. There is a reason 50 percent of all countries experiencing conflict fall back into a state of violence within 10 years. That 8 year-old child who grew up witnessing the horrors of war becomes an adult. Seeing little or no progress in his country’s development, he knows only that guns bring power. One twisted irony of our modern world is that it is those wielding weapons who get a seat at the negotiating table. It is never the women or the pioneers of the civil society sitting at peace talks, even though they are the ones who pick up the pieces of their communities. I can not think of a more convincing sign that the collective conscience of humanity has come loose of its moorings. What will it take for us to find a more enlightened way forward?
Gretchen’s latest post was very moving — well said.
I am thinking of Mia, Shannon, and Gabriel. We talk daily, but we live so far away from each other. I am grateful for their friendship and collective thinking. And for the more than 260 other fasters who are now sharing in our call for the world’s leaders to begin charting a new roadmap for comprehensive, meaningful, and lasting peace in Sudan.
And I liked this ICG piece in All Africa today: http://allafrica.com/stories/200905040268.html
Call (202) 456-1111 and e-mail the White House — and do it often!