One chapter in Suffer the Children describes the difficulties of living on a minimum-wage in America today. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology living wage calculator estimates that a family with two adults and two children living in our previous home county in western Pennsylvania needs to have a yearly income of $33,257 to pay its basic expenses. That requires an hourly wage of $16, which is more than double the current minimum wage.
Growing up without a relationship with one’s father often has devastating consequences for children, especially boys. Not having a father negatively affects both boys and girls. Boys who fail to connect with their fathers because of their physical absence or emotional distance often experience “father hunger.”
Once again Compassion, one of the largest faith-based child sponsorship programs in the world, has a group of bloggers traveling to visit children in the developing world.
I had lunch today with Ben David, the district attorney for Hanover and Pender counties, which includes the Wilmington area. In Suffer the Children we feature David’s terrific work to help children, focusing on two organization he created in Wilmington—Teen Court and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC).
The good news is that although Ugandan and American troops have not been able to capture Joseph Kony, his Lord’s Resistance Army has been reduced from a peak of 3,000 soldiers to about 100 and no longer poses any significant threat to the residents of the Central African Republic, one of the continent’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.
When I wrote my chapter on neglected and orphaned children for Suffer the Children, I devoted only a few paragraphs at the end to Syria's child refugees. Forced to flee from the violence in their own streets, these children weren't technically neglected by their families. Many were orphaned, but sorting them out of the human flood was difficult at best. And, as I wrote then, the public was running hot and cold on the whole issue of refugee relief.
In ordering a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces launched an attack of sarin nerve gas killing more than 100 of his country’s citizens, including many children, President Donald Trump declared, “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
In an article titled “Foreign Aid Saves Lives—And Makes America Safer,” Bill Frist, a surgeon, a former U.S. Senator, and chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands, a global health organization, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, its executive director, make a compelling case for maintaining the current level of US foreign aid. Their argument is based on biblical, humanitarian, and practical grounds.
UNICEF recently released a powerful short film in which two child refugees, one from World War II and the other a young Syrian, tell their stories.