This is my much beloved Poppit Child, doing her best to light our holidays. I appreciate it , because unfortunately, the other world of violence towards women is still with us. On Monday, I heard a story on National Public Radio about a gang of young men in New Delhi who stopped a bus, started robbing the people, and when a teenage girl protested, dragged her up to the front and took turns raping her.
How will she live? How will we?
Tuesday, a group of Pakistani healthcare workers, all women and mostly young, were killed by local Taliban forces because they were giving polio vaccinations. According to the December 19, 2012 Global Post:
“The Taliban announced this year that it opposes polio vaccinations if the West is involved.
The Taliban issued its decree because the CIA, during its hunt for Osama bin Laden in 2011, collected DNA samples under the guise of polio vaccinations, CNN reported.
Aside from that, Islamist extremists in Pakistan claim that polio vaccines are part of a US conspiracy to render the people of Pakistan infertile, pointing to foreign NGOs that support polio eradication campaigns while also promoting reproductive health programs in the country.
Polio is a highly infectious disease that cripples its victims very quickly, sometimes within hours. It’s an all but eliminated disease everywhere in the world except Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, where it remains endemic. The eradication efforts underway in Pakistan this week involved 200,000 workers trying to immunize 30 million Pakistani children, Al Jazeera reported.”
May the holidays bring grace and comfort to all victims of violence and the people who love them. May we all glow with a personal commitment to love, compassion and justice for all.