Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Today is a public holiday here and my internet is back up after being down for 24 hours. Both vivid reminders that I live in Africa.
It is Human Right’s Day and is observed on the same day as the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 that took place here in South Africa. 69 (African) people were massacred by the apartheid police in one of the most gruesome violations of human rights in South Africa's history.
You may not know much about my beloved country unless you watch Oprah, listen to Bono, or paid attention in geography class. In 1990 a man affectionately known by many as Madiba was released from prison after 27 years of imprisonment. Not long after he became the first African president of the RSA and is credited as the father of democracy for this nation. FYI this is a good thing to remember if you’re a game player as it is a Trivial Pursuit question…answer- Nelson Mandela.
South Africa is no longer under the abuses of apartheid yet a new umbrella of despair torments many of its people especially its children. One of poverty, crime, extreme abuse, and hopelessness.
Many people around the globe are working feverously to bring awareness and aid to these people and many bring with it the precious truth of Christ’s love.
In the busyness of your day would you take a moment and say a prayer for the precious people of South Africa, especially the 40% of the population under the age of 18. They are in desperate need of a healing touch and are awaiting their day of hope.
Posted by michelle at 5:10 PM