According to UNICEF, there are 132 million orphans in the world — children, by UNICEF's definition, who have lost one or both parents.
13 million of these have lost both parents.
And this number — it doesn't even take into account the hundreds of thousands of children who have been abandoned, including the more than 600,000 abandoned reported children who now dwell in Chinese orphanages. (NGOs inside China report that number of children closer to 1 million.)
Because those children, though they LIVE like orphans, technically have living parents who abandoned them and thus, don't meet the criteria to be counted as "orphans." (With no parents present to call their own, we identify them as orphans on this blog. Because no child chooses to be abandoned.)
And yet, we in this country of luxury where even our vehicles have their own homes often cover our ears and turn the other way and pretend like this isn’t a crisis.
That it’s really more of an orphan inconvenience.
One that governments and agencies and countries around the world should really begin to solve.
All while 13 million double orphaned children — more children than the entire population of the country of Haiti — wait.
Some of them starving.
Some of them dying.
All of them waiting for those of us who claim to be the Church to start acting like Jesus’ hands and feet on earth.
I don’t care how the world pretties this up or spins this.
This, Orphan Warriors, is a crisis. Read More