Monday, January 11, 2010

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Child slaves in Ghana. Image source: Awareness Day, January 11, 2008

Today marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Read about it here: Eve Blossom: Are We Really Aware: Human Trafficking Awareness Day and here Op-Ed Columnist - If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is? - NYTimes.com watch this amazing young girl's story:

There is a mother right now struggling to make sense of what happened to her daughter. Read My Journey to Alyssa: Alyssa's Story . We need to make ourselves more aware of what is happening to women and children around the world, so that a change can occur. Change is slow but I feel that it is possible if we educate and do not look away.

12 comments:

Poetikat said...

Is that today? I really should make an effort to visit you more often. Tell you what, I'm going to put you in my sidebar in caps so I'll remember.

This is such an horrific thing that goes on while we blithely get on with our days. I pray for those who have been spirited away and all that they must endure and trust that ultimately, they will find their reward.

Kat

P.S. Yoli, have you visited Kigo of the Kat? You may enjoy my nature haiku with a twist.

Poetikat said...

Your header reminds me to ask you, have you seen "Avatar"? Go! You will love it!

Juliette said...

Thanks Yoli for the reminder.
Have a great week!

Mlle Paradis said...

Thanks for this post Yoli! I was going to do something about Nicholas Kristof this week. He and his wife, Sheryl Wu Dunn work very hard and consistently on this issue. They and the women they advocate on behalf of deserve very much more attention and help!

Annie Coe said...

This is so awful and evil and wrong. As an incest survivor I know how helpless and hopeless these girls feel. xoxo

caramelcaramelo said...

thanks for this post. so so important! kenza. (it seems we keep meeting on other blogs... that's nice!)

Juniper said...

Oh no, missed it!! Just reading your post now. Thank you for pointing it out!!! Thank you for the links and sharing the awareness, I worked for some time in the Uk with trafficked girls from Africa and it was really shocking what goes on.

Shaista said...

Yoli, thankyou for always shining light on the suffering of our younger and elder sisters around the world. Somaly Mam is and has long been one of my true heroes, a Boddhisattva of present day. She cannot be everywhere all at once so it is good that she has people like you spreading the message.
I hope this year is rewarding for you in every way.

Mlle Paradis said...

Hi again Yoli! Thanks for stopping by Passage Paradis - and leaving your funny comment. What island were you born on? I didn't realize that you had another blog and just saw your post on "Half the Sky". I must have seen the same review on Bookdragon. Between that and N. Kristof's op-eds in the NYTimes lately I'm very interested in his and Ms. Wu Dunn's efforts. Anyway THANKS AGAIN for posting about all this. And much good luck with the new little one. I'm sure you must be very anxious to bring her home!

Renee said...

That these things can go on?

These poor children.

Love Renee xoxo

willow said...

It's a tragedy that many of us never think about. Thanks for spotlighting this important issue, Yoli.

nath said...

thanks for reminding us