Children’s lives have now been altered forever. The innocence that parents see in their offspring’s that sometimes make them to chuckle with silent pride and joy are now evaporating before their eyes.
Let me explain, the danger children encounters the world over are now truly global literally. In the years past, children in the West or in affluent economies or societies are shielded from the political and economic reality that children in other countries are exposed to on a daily basis.
Yes, you may say that children in the west are not exposed to child labour forcing them to work in an unregulated mine or in the plantation fields.
Yes, you may say children here are not being forcibly conscripted into a hidden militia in a despotic land or that they are not being put onto a dinghy boat to cross the rough waters of the Mediterranean Sea to safety and to seek refuge.
All of these are as a result of the politico-socio-economic failings in those countries, and children exposed to these elements are paying a huge price with their young lives.
Let me emphasize my point, the same politico-socio-economic assertions are impacting the lives of children negatively in the west as well, albeit differently. They are being impacted through the austere cuts to families and policing, security concerns; cyber-bullying…the lists goes on.
Children are no longer shielded from the impact of discrimination, intolerance and their ill-effects in their environments – they see it daily in the news, they hear it daily whilst playing innocently on the school playground. They see it planted on their mothers’ faces; they can hear it in the doubtful voices of the grannies and uncles. Oh no! The innocence has gone. CHILDREN HAVE BECOME ADULTS.
Our generation have let the youth down all over the world, as we have not taken enough responsibilities to confront the division in societies be it at home or abroad. We have done what we do best which is to transfer difficulties of our times to future generations. An example is the mortgaged-backed securities of the 2000s (2008 Financial Crisis), governments have borrowed to the hilt to avert those crises, only for the unborn to come into this world to pay it off.
What can we do individually and as a community to lessen the exposure that children faces all over the world. Yes, we must hold governments accountable to their part of the bargain to protect us and to create an enabling environment for children to grow up and to fulfil their potentials in safety and ease.
We must remember that these children are the policy-makers and leaders of tomorrow, and they will only enact laws and policies through the prism of their own childhood lenses.
I shed tears for the children of Manchester and around the world in this current climate of fear.
I wish you peace as you read and reflect on the issues of our times.