We watched the movie “Courageous” a second time on New Year’s Eve and the message comes across loud and clear. All children need daddies who can love and protect them from outside evils. Trafficking is an ever present evil especially when children are targeted. Noteworthy to see the men in the two hour movie take responsibility for not just being “good enough” fathers but also doing their duty of reaching out to other youngsters who have no role model to look up to. They resolved to be exceptional fathers.
Who are following the girls (and boys) in the former Soviet Union with ideas of hurting them for their own financial gain? Are they reading this blog now? Read yesterday’s blog to find out why I ask these two questions.
What I’m reading about “Stella voice homes” there are too few dads to meet the needs of Orphans in Moldova and perhaps Kazakhstan now. Please read on about what one man with a HUGE father’s heart wrote:
About Stella’s voice from the founder, Philip Cameron.
“…this fragile girl is an orphan in Europe’s most impoverished country: Moldova. Though Communism dies here, there are vestiges of that sad mindset still in place. Incredibly, Moldovan orphans are treated as outcasts, common thieves, parasites…though they have done no wrong. They are rarely encouraged, often ridiculed, all but starved and housed in conditions unspeakable.
In this environment young girls have no self-worth or self-esteem. They think of themselves as forgotten and forever lost. When you speak with the girls they cannot even define the concept of “hope” though in their language there is a wonderful word for it.
So as the clock ticks away a mere girl of sixteen shivers on her thin cot. She is hungry but she is used to that as she has gone to bed hungry every night of her life. But tonight is different. This is the last time she is allowed to sleep on a cot and take a meal of thin soup. Soon she will be out on the street with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. You would think she would be glad to escape an orphan’s misery but this is not the case. Because she’s heard the rumors and wonders why so many that left before her simply disappeared.
She does not know she’ll likely walk right into the arms of sex trafficking profiteers. Before being discarded she will become merely a profit center for her perverted captors and their clients in Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
The magnitude of this misery in Moldova is astounding. Over 450,000 girls have gone “missing.” Nearly half a million girls have vanished into the night…and as the clock counts down more will join them…”
(to be continued)