Jun 25, 2005

Tsunami and its aftermath

About 5 months ago, I was listening to a news brief on the radio about Tsunami victims in Srilanka. The article talked about child traffickers, carting away little girls to force them into the flesh trade. I was shocked at how low mankind can stoop!!

Imagine a little girl, who has a mother and father and a nice home to play in. She is given food whenever she is hungry, probably even before she asks for it. She has a nice warm bed to sleep in and a comfortable cushy pillow to lay her head on. And the only worry in her little head as she rests on that pillow, is whether she can skip school the next day and play with her favorite doll. And the next day, there is this Tsunami and she sees water everywhere. She cries and cries and there is no mother or father to answer her, leave alone console her. Instead, there is this man who comes to her and speaks kind words, and she naively follows him. And the next thing she knows, she is shoved into a van with 20 other girls like her! She probably doesn't even realise what her fate is!

( I am reminded of Alexander Pope's lines in "Essay on Man"

The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,
Had he thy reason would he skip and play?
Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food,
And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood. )

I wonder what this man and the likes of him, are made of. Exploiting a child is bad enough, but exploiting a helpless child, that has been a victim of an unprecedented disaster, is atrocious! barbarian!! Such people need to be wiped out from the face of the earth and their clan decimated. This is one thing that makes me so ashamed to be human!!

I cannot conceive of anything - no amount of hunger or illness, that could justify such an action!


Blogger Aditya Bidikar said...

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June 25, 2005 12:30 PM  
Blogger Aditya Bidikar said...

Very well-expressed and well-written. And you're absolutely right, of course - these people are scum.

June 25, 2005 12:32 PM  
Blogger Charukesi said...

oh my god, this is horrifying - I have not read about this anywhere.... seriously, just theinking of these innocent trusting faces makes me want to do violence to these men... preying vultures... the kids do not even realize what is happening to them... Charu

June 27, 2005 9:15 AM  
Blogger Charukesi said...

oh, I just saw your Tamil connection - then maybe you have seen Mahanadi? that scene where Kamal Hasan's daughter screams in the middle of the night is one of the most haunting movie scenes ever - sometimes I think of it for no reason and shudder... Charu

June 27, 2005 9:17 AM  
Blogger Concentriccircle said...

Aditya, welcome to concentriccircle's spot. It is always nice to see some new people especially when your shop is new!

Charu ..thx again for dropping by...i heard this on a news article on the radio (NPR radio). Ever since i heard it, my whole view of the world has changed ! There are only 2 things that scare me now .. one is pedophiles and the other is religious fanatics!!

June 27, 2005 11:11 PM  

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