28 Jun

You are the oldest child of poverty-stricken rural agrarian Ethiopian parents.  You are 14 years old and have six younger brothers and sisters still living.  You watch as the rains do not come and the crops fail.  You watch as your father dies of HIV.  You watch as your mother and siblings begin to starve.  You listen and obey when your mother asks you to go to the city to find work so you can send money back to support the family.  You are scared when you arrive in a city of 3,000,000 people and you know not one.  You are lucky and find a job as a house worker.  You make less than you need to survive but you send money home anyway.  You meet a new friend who tells you it is possible to make a lot more money – as a prostitute.  You loose your virginity and self-respect on your first night of your new job.  You build walls and wear masks to survive for ten years.  You have a little girl of your own who does not know what you do.  You have to survive for her and for your family back home who still is getting money from you.  You can’t bear to tell your mom what you really do so you build bigger lies.  You get sick and weak.  You have HIV/AIDS.  You worry what will happen to your loved ones when you are soon gone.  You need to have someone who will share hope with your heart.  This is why LSM is in Addis Ababa.  It is not you, but if it was…

This was paraphrased from an article on the LSM blog.

One Response to “You?”

  1. Jenna Stoller June 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    This is so tragic. My heart just breaks for those women. Thank you for serving over there. I hope you can help (through God’s power) many women get out of that life and start fresh.

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