“Both begging and child labor are illegal, although like many laws in Lebanon, these are seldom enforced. It is not uncommon to see street children begging or selling items in full view of police officers who do nothing, largely because there are few official channels through which to handle the children if they are caught.” From: ‘The lost children of Lebanon’s streets’.
What do you see when you drive down any congested street in your country? Drive down any congested street in Beirut on any given day and no matter the weather you will see children running in between cars hoping to be given a way of living for the day. Imagine what that says: ‘Forgive me for requiring you to give in order that I may survive the day.’
Imagine that we as humanity must be asked such a thing, as it is actually a given, it’s common sense…
Most of the children barely reach the windows of the cars their hoping to earn money from. As they tap on the car window and one sees their dirty face and hands as well as their barefeet – how their dressed in mismatched and/or torn clothing. How is this allowed? This is not a made up story.
What hand-out would you give the children who run from car to car looking for money so maybe they can eat for the day. Be sure, your handout will not be enough. The small amount of money given only further exploits the current situation. A solution is required that will bring an end to daily struggles once and for all.
Have we asked ourselves what chance for a future does a child have when he starts his life as the beggar for the mother who may or may not be using him as a ploy to incite sympathy to receive money in order to survive. What role will this child play in our society because he’s become a role model/reflection according to what we accept and allow. What can be expected of a child, who, for his whole life has been taught to lie, manipulate, beg and steal in order to survive? It is estimated that there are over 100,000 child workers just in Lebanon alone, where approximately 20% are Lebanese and the rest are of foreign or mixed origin. In self-honesty, one is able to see that in our race to survive we’ve created hell here according to that which we accept and allow to exist within ourselves.
Imagine a world where desperate children no longer exist anywhere. If anyone amongst us has more than enough food to survive the day – then there is no purpose for beggars to exist in the house of plenty because our world, has more than plenty to provide here for everyone.
Stop exposing children to the abuse which manifests from how and who we are accepting and allowing ouselves to be through ‘fear of facing self’ and, through ‘fear of survival’. How can we continue to allow such atrocity to exist anywhere within our world? That is the question to ask. And, See how simple the solution is. It’s a Given – One Man, One Vote – that of Equal Money.