Esmé's Mommy here.
I've written about the sham election in neighboring Zimbabwe before. Today I'm writing about the Zimbabwean tragedy again.
My parents worked in Zimbabwe for eight years and have a vested interest in what happens there. As my dad was going through his emails here, I caught a glimpse of the photo that is now on this post.
Cathy Buckle's newsletters give an idea of what is really going on there. In her last letter, she writes about how a teacher's monthly salary is less than the price of a small tin of jam. The government has prohibited outside help, so food is incredibly scarce. And even if the rains come, there is no seed or fertilizer to grow crops this year.
An acquaintance of my parents, a 72-year-old named Paula Leen, is making a difference there. She writes about a family who has only been managing one small meal every other day, but now they haven't eaten in four days. Their baby hasn't been fed since three months old, and they have brought her to Paula's orphanage. This is the baby's photo:
This is not sensationalism. This is the sad truth of life in Zimbabwe. Paula writes, "We could send you many more pictures like this, but this one sort of says it all!"
If you are sponsoring a child through organizations such as Compassion International or World Vision, thank you. Here are the links to a couple of the smaller organizations currently working with children in Zimbabwe:
I'll leave you with the thought that I ended the last Zimbabwe post with: Edmund Burke’s thought that “evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”