Holiday Surprise

Another poem for Child Abuse Month this one is about child brides, some girls are as good as kidnapped by their own parents . Imagine the culture shock from living life here in the west to suddenly finding out that the exciting holiday you were looking forward to was just a ruse to get to India,Pakistan or Afghanistan to marry you off often to an older man.

In the villages of India,Pakistan, Afghanistan and Africa. Children as young as 6yrs are married off to older men. It is  wrong, don’t you think.

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Happy head full of teenage dreams sending texts and watching computer screens. Looking forward to the summer holiday visiting cousins far away.

At school gate with your friends you’ll see them all when the summer ends.

Eighteen months later them’s the brakes OH! what difference those months makes! No longer a carefree happy teen, a mother in servitude dreams of what her life could of been.

Why did her parents cheat her so marrying her of to an older man she did not know. All her schooling all her dreams blown away in smithereens.

She remembers weeping so begging her parents not to go. Why did they do this to her she wants to know.

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I was going to write about Female Circumcision also known as FGM  but I could not, sorry I just could not, but I have enclosed  a link to an article about it   BBC Health.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mira Jay
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 15:30:11

    O’ poor she:'(

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  2. catcherofstars
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 21:46:51

    Why are women so often subjugated? We are the backbone of every nation! It’s as if men forget that they would not exist without us! They have no right to mutilate us just because some doctrine says they should! How would they like it if we went around castrating them?!
    Andrea

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  3. KC
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 07:18:34

    *hugs* I know what you mean about the circumcision thing. I can barely think about it…but thank you for at least posting the link.

    And thank you for all your efforts this month bringing light to so many wounds and silent trauma’s. I can only hope that “Bones of Ash, Heart of Glass” will help as much. Speaking of which, do you still want to contribute to it? I forget, and it’s 4 in the morning right now. 😉 If so, just check my blog for updates on where and when to send. I’m looking for someone who can tell me how to publish an e-book, now.

    KC

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  4. Arjun Sharma
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 08:02:52

    sad sad reality. we call ourselves human but such senseless acts make me question our humanity.

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    • willowdot21
      Apr 14, 2012 @ 10:31:32

      Yes Arjun it is a sad thing that we well all do such awful things. The animals behave better than we do. I seem to question our humanity repeatedly every day. Thank you for your comment!

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  5. jymiely
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 13:03:08

    now you’re a teenager,then the next day you’re a mother… sad truth, sad reality.. 😦

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    • willowdot21
      Apr 14, 2012 @ 13:48:47

      It is terrifying, some of these girls brought up with all the west has to offer is taken on a supposed “Holiday to see the relatives ” does return and becomes over night a wife and all that in-tales. Often to a much older man……….so sad. 😦

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  6. granbee
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 21:49:15

    Another wonderfully brave post to draw attention to the issues of Child Abuse Awareness Month! I really think these posts will bring a lot of healing for YOU, willowdot! Love you!

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  7. eof737
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 04:15:07

    This is touching… TY for sharing it. I might write on FGM one day…

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  8. willowdot21
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 13:54:45

    I did steel myself and write a poem FGM. It pained me so that I cried as I wrote it. here it is https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/graces-party/ I wrote during April this year which was Against Child Abuse Month . Be brave and keep writing.

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  9. mominalatif
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 21:56:23

    As good as the other one. It’s sad that this goes on, even when the literacy rates are going up.

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    • willowdot21
      Oct 25, 2012 @ 09:00:23

      Yes it is a terrible shame especially for the young girls have been westernised which makes the culture shock much worse. All we can do is to keep it in the public domain. Thanks for your support 😉 xx

      Reply

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