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A Child Speaks...

Cultures are so in depth with their own religions

People brought up to believe that selling

Their daughters is OK...mutilation of their bodies is OK

Letting their daughters to be married to older men is OK

The reality of their world is beyond my comprehension

Why is this so...because it is our culture...as so many women have said so....in their own words

This makes me so mad to see that children are married off at such an early age in there lives

When they should be....

Running Free

Playing with friends their own age

Learning about life and the world through a child's eyes

Laughing...Living happy life's....Just being a child

When I see this and how they live.... today in this day and age

I cry and weep as a mother.... how can this be

Children should be Just that...children

Not a commodity to be bargained with it shouldn't be this way

Its just not right....tears trickle down my face as I see so many

Not given a chance to be who they want to be

At least I was able to do so...move forward and on

They cannot which is why I cry for the children of our times

Submitted: Monday, January 06, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 07, 2014


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