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Child Refugee : Goma : Border of Rwanda
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I used to hear that expression 'the world is getting smaller'.......... People used to say it when I was a kid........... I thought it was madness......... just a crazy thing that adults said ............... But now I have much more of a concept of what it might mean .......... the world gets smaller, so much so, sometimes I even feel claustrophobic ........... stuff happens that presses on me even from a distance............... The Pakistani Taliban attempt to assassinate a 14 year old girl on her way home from school .............. they boarded her school bus ask for her by name then shoot her in the head ......... it happened in a remote part of Pakistan............ and yet in a smaller world I know this child ....... I have heard her voice on the radio speaking passionately about wanting to go to school and have an education even in defiance of a Taliban edict to end all education for girls ................. now she is fighting for her life in hospital having a bullet removed from her head just because of her spirit, intelligence, decency and bravery .............. and primarily because of the ignorance and self righteousness of disgusting people who claim their own violent acts are somehow the work of God........... disgusting zealots and fanatics have probably done things like this without our knowledge over the years ........ now in a smaller world we absolutely cannot pretend we did not know.......... in a world this small we owe it to our neighbors....... some of whom are amazing 14 year old girls like Malala Yousufzai living in Pakistan ....... to try and help them be protected in their stand against ignorance, violence, fear and oppression and all its motivating superstition. The world could never be large enough for us to just turn away from crimes like this. In a shrinking planet there should never be space for crimes against children like this , crimes against women like this , crimes against humanity like this ......... there should never be a space where these crimes can just pass as ordinary.

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