The resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. A covenant between God and his people, a moment of kindness and love, and for children, always excited for the extraordinary Easter egg hunt! Unfortunately, for the millions of women and children trapped in adversities, this moment isn’t theirs.
By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
How will you feel to know that eggs are a privilege for millions of children in the world?
How will you feel to know that ‘65.3 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015 [UN Refugee Agency].’
Do you know that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016? [2016 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics].
And perhaps, you’ve heard, that ‘tens of thousands of children are recruited and used as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world [United Nations].
The list will go on and on and more cases of abuses and violations against children and women continued unabated, making them more vulnerable to a vicious circle that is still determined to annihilate even the most vulnerable in society.
In no way will millions of children trapped in adversities find the eggs. Natural and economic challenges and political instabilities caused by corruption, regional and tribal divide and terrorism have made their predicament more severe and unpredictable.
For these people love is an enigma and savors the Easter messages with skepticism; because, for them, their world is driven by uncertainties and always on the readiness to flee from hostilities, abuses, and stigma.
For millions of these people, an egg is a life saver, food to keep them breathing the next day, and though hopes are strong for a happy peaceful Easter in their communities, they are still afraid of what the future will bring.
I cannot say more. Thank you for commemorating this Day with others, especially those in need, but remember, there are millions of faces with tears that want an Easter Bunny!
I wish you a happy Easter!!