“Hands up!! Young Lady!
Give me whatever you have!
Save your future”
I have often imagined this scenario esp. after that GPS incident. If faced with something like this, better not argue with the goon/s. Better give them all that you have – for your life’s sake, for your future. And theirs.
Sounds easy. But the reality is, if somebody does this to me, I’ll be horrified. I may swoon.
Now look at this picture.
This little girl, in war-ridden parts of Syria, also looks awe-struck. But it seems like she’s quite familiar with this concept of ‘putting your hands-up’ when faced by anyone who’s carrying a mechanical thing that looks like a gun. The picture was taken by a photojournalist and shows how this child mistook the camera for gun and impulsively held her hands up in surrender.
Soon after that, a Red Cross worker had also shared a picture of another Syrian girl child raising her hands in surrender because she too thought the camera was a gun.
No chirpy childhood for such children. No play schools full of colorful toys, no school bags, no fun schooling with playful age-mates, no bright future. Their lives are on a knife-edge where at any moment they may have to ‘put their hands up’ – only to survive, only to keep themselves alive. Quality of life is not even their immediate worry.
Can we give them something? Can anyone save their future?
This pathetic situation exists in many if not most parts of the world, in some form or the other – little kids not living a life of a child. In the egotistic power games and political rivalries of adults, these budding lives are sacrificed.
For: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge 51
Words provided: Future & Give