Family Blessings, Part III

6 December, 2009

Orphans grabbing for trinkets, Mbabane, Swaziland, 2005.

Orphans and trinkets. Mbabane, Swaziland. 2005.

I suppose this photo focuses more on those who do not have the blessing of family, an appropriate follow up photo to the World Aids Day photo. This photo was taken at an orphanage in Swaziland. (If you are unfamiliar with this small country located in the southern section African continent, you can go to our World Aids Day post to find out more and also find links to further information.)

I have been to many countries and the number of children without families is inversely proportional to that nations GDP; the lower the GDP, the higher the number orphans. When you add in the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Africa, the effect seems exponential. The truth is incomprehensible, the sub-Saharan countries of Africa are becoming nations of orphans. What is the future for a country where large numbers of its populace has grown up lacking the knowledge of familial love? Add to this Africa’s history of wars where mass starvation or the machete are considered legitimate strategies for victory. Are we to suppose such atrocities will decrease where mass numbers of the population have never known a sense of family belonging and responsibility to loved ones?

Those of us born in first world countries are insulated from exposure to orphaned children. They are here as well, but where? I dare guess they are greatly better off physically, but still in danger of the same emotional disconnectedness.

These photos are intended to engage, not trouble our readers. But, engagement necessitates some level of response. So, I will leave it there. You may ponder your response as a member of the Body of Christ.

On second thought, I guess I would rather it trouble you somewhat.

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