One in 10 children lives in a country or region defined by armed conflict. This means about 230 million children grow up in the midst of war and serious conflict, according to the 2015 UNICEF Report. Many of these children experience bomb attacks in their schools and homes. Many of them are kidnapped, raped, sexually abused, recruited as soldiers before the age of 12, if they’re not killed. MANY of 230 million children live this way.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay
From 2013-2015, at least 70,000 children were born on the floors of refugee camps. These floors are typically dirt floors.
In 1993, the UN General Assembly declared an elimination of violence against women and created an action plan. 20+ years later, one in three women still experience physical or sexual violence.
At least 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation in 30 countries, most of them experiencing infection as a result. Almost all experienced this mutilation before the age of 5.
As of 2012, according to UNICEF, 2 million children were subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. It is estimated that 600,000 to 800,000 women, children, and men are bought and sold across international borders every year and are exploited for forced labor or commercial sex (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
I don’t always get what I want in life. My life has not always been a cake walk. Yet when I reflect on the reality of the world around me—the WORLD around me—it helps me regain a realistic perspective.
I don’t know why, but I have nothing but #firstworldproblems.
God forbid I ever forget that and unjustly spend my time focusing on or whining about problems—including politics in this relatively peaceful country of mine–which are not really problems at all.
*Special thanks to Henry Petty for sharing his 2013 bucket list. What’s on your bucket list for 2013?*
Henry’s 2013 bucket list
Take up golf – a buddy of mine said it’s a really good networking tool. Donald Trump has stated the deals he makes are always on the golf course. And, I have been approached many times to play golf with them. And, I was recently eating at a luncheon with our CEO who was talking up how awesome the game of golf was (God’s *wink wink, nod nod* at me, if you will).
Go to Disneyland – I have always wanted to go to either Disney resort. I love love love love me some Disney; nothing makes me happier. There is an underlying reason as well. When I was very young and living in California, my mother took my brother to Disneyland and NOT ME. To this very day, I will never understand why she did that to me, and my grandma gave my mother a hard time about it for sure. So it’s almost a “revenge” scenario that’s got a sweet topping with Mickey Mouse shaped cupcakes as a side item.
Be more organized – I think I have some sort of ADD, because I am always searching for my wallet, keys, cell phone. All. The. Time. I am always checking 5 or 6 times before I leave the house for those essential items, and I always check the door to see if it’s locked. I’ve even driven half a mile and turned around to make sure I locked the door. I’ve always been scatter-brained like that, and I hope it’s not genetic so that I can become organized. If anybody watches the show “Dexter” on Showtime, I want to be as meticulous with my cleanliness and organization as Dexter Morgan.
Use my gifts for charity – I hope to use my YouTube video skills toward a good cause. I hope to do something similar to the guy who created #26RandomActsofKindess in honor of the Sandy Hook victims. Nothing feels better than helping someone else.
*Good luck to Henry and to all readers who hope to reach goals and fulfill dreams this year! What’s on your bucket list in 2013? Leave a comment and let us know.*