I was watching a show on TV today and they mentioned the Lost Boys of Sudan. So I thought that I would do some research and look into who these boys are.

I was shocked and saddened at what I found.

The atrocities of the Second Sudanese Civil War occurred between 1983 and 2005. During these 22 years around 2.5 million people were killed and many millions more were displaced. Terrible things happened during these years that should never have happened. Families were destroyed and lives changed forever.

Also during these difficult and painful years more than 20,000 boys from the African ethnic groups of the Nuer people and the Dinka people in the Sudan joined the ranks “Lost Boys of Sudan“.

This term “Lost Boys of Sudan” was actually a colloquial term that the aid workers used in the refugee camps that were trying to assist these many thousands of boys. The term was based on “the lost boys” from the Peter Pan story.

Many of these boys were very young. Some 7 years olds and even younger, were amongst those who were forced to flee their homes, families and villages, just to survive.

In fact, many of the boys who did flee never knew if their families were killed or still alive. As they saw their villages and communities being attacked and destroyed by the government troops and government-sponsored militias, the boys fled into the thick African bush in order to survive.

The boys then walked for years to find a safe place that they could live. They first travelled thousands of kilometers from the Sudan across the south-eastern part of the Sahara Desert to Ethiopia and then continued on to Kenya.

There were many long days when the lost boys of Sudan had no food to eat or food to drink. Sometimes they found leaves they could eat. Other times they sucked on wet mud to cool their dry throats.

These years were long and hard with many of the boys dying on their journey to find somewhere safe to stop and live. In fact, over half of the lost boys died of starvation, dehydration, attacks by wild animals, diseases and attacks by enemy soldiers.

A resettlement program was initiated in 1999 to allow Lost Boys and Lost Girls of Sudan, who were considered to be orphans, to move to America to live. If these children had been living in family groups then they were not considered to be orphans and hence were not seen as eligible for this resettlement program.

In 2001 the US Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), allowed approximately 3,800 Lost Boys of Sudan to settle in America. These boys were distributed between around 38 different US cities.

In 2003 a full-length documentary was made that followed two Sudanese refugees as they journeyed from Africa all of the way to America to begin new lives.

It was not easy for the boys once they arrived in the USA. Their exact ages were not known and so the aid workers had to guess their ages.

If they thought that the boys were under 18 years old then they were allowed to go to high school and get an education, but if the boys were considered to be 18 or older then they were not allowed to go to high-school. If judged to be over 18, then they were sent out to get a job.

But getting a job was not easy for these young men as they did not have skills to assist them. So many of these lost boys were forced to get low-paying menial jobs.

To me this is sad. Each of these young boys and men who were brought into America should have received an education so that they then had the opportunity to better themselves and not be stuck for the rest of their lives in menial low-paid work.

It is true that these men, now in their thirties, can sleep at night without fear of enemy soldiers or wild animals killing them, but they should also know that they have a future.

I only hope that the Lost Boys of Sudan who are living in the USA will be able to give a better future to their children.

I also hope that mankind can see the pain that has been caused to so many over the years, such as these innocent young boys, and take a stand to make the world a better place for future generations!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Leanne Annett <><

Barcodes to mark propertyAll around the world today human slavery is still a major problem with girls, boys and young women being taken captive and made to do things that no one should have to do!

Michael Martinez has just written an article for CNN about a young 19 year old woman found with a barcode tattooed onto her wrist in Madrid. This tattoo was forced upon her after she tried to run away from her captors. Along with the barcode tattoo the amount of her debt was also included as part of the tattoo.

An extract of this CNN article can be read below.

(CNN) — A Spanish National Police investigation into two Madrid prostitution rings led to the rescue of a captive 19-year-old woman who was tattooed with a barcode on her wrist after she tried to escape the ring, authorities said Saturday.

The bar code served as a form of identity for the woman and as certificate of “ownership” by one prostitution ring, and beneath the bar code was also tattooed the amount of money she owed the ring, police said.

Held hostage by a pimp, the woman had multiple lesions from being beaten and whipped, and her head and eyebrows were shaven because she tried to flee, police said.

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In all, police disbanded two prostitution rings along Madrid’s Montera Street that were operated by two Romanian nationals — an uncle and his nephew — and authorities arrested a total of 22 people, including the two relatives, in Madrid and Getafe, police said.

When the 19-year-old woman tried to escape, the uncle advised the nephew to tie the woman to a radiator and not feed her, police said.

No one, no matter their age, gender or nationality, should have to put up with such disgraceful treatment. It is encouraging to see the authorities stepping in and bringing some justice into these unjust circumstances!

I encourage you to think about what you can do today and this week to make a difference in the world around you and in the lives of others. Perhaps you can support a charity that is working to set people free and to stop human slavery. Or maybe there is someone in your own life who needs to know their value as a human being.

So ponder what you have in your hand that you can use to be a blessing to others and to make this world a better place.

A21 Campaign 1-wd-300 I was so excited to receive this email this morning from The A21 Campaign!

Less than 24 hours ago, a significant court case ended in Greece. The verdict was read, and the human trafficker was sentenced with a very steep fine and sent to JAIL!!!

Yay! This is a significant step in the long journey of stopping human trafficking and abolishing injustice!

This is A21’s very first victory for one of the rescued survivors. A great victory!

A21-Campaign-3-wd-350 You can find out more information, get regular updates, or make a contribution to the work of The A21 Campaign, by visiting their website.

Click here to go to The A21 Campaign website.

You can also follow A21 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheA21Campaign by clicking on the Egg below. 🙂

So go now and check them out and see how you can join us to end Human Trafficking and Abolish Injustice in our generation!

Let’s each learn to place Value upon Humanity!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and in Blessing others,

Leanne Annett 🙂

Today I want to share a video clip with you on the 26 Second Challenge.

Watch this video clip and see if you can join us in the Challenge and help rescue children from the sex industry!

Thank you for watching the video clip.

Go Now to the Destiny Rescue website and sign up for the 26 Second Challenge!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and in Blessing others,

Leanne Annett 🙂

I have just returned from a women’s conference where we were discussing ways that we can make a difference in the world.

destiny-rescueOne of the guests at the conference was from Destiny Rescue. This is an organization especially set up to put a stop to child prostitution.

As the speaker shared, if there was no demand then the supply would decrease! But due to the perverseness of mankind there is a demand and hence there are people out there who prey on children and young adults in order to meet the demand!

I was especially shocked to learn that in Thailand the number one pedophiles who seek out child prostitutes are Australian men! I am Australian and proud to be an Aussie! But I am certainly not proud to hear that Aussie men are rapping and hurting children!

Destiny Rescue is an International organization with the key purpose of being a voice for those with no voice!

Their message is “Together we can fight to end poverty and child slavery in our life times.

I agree with their message and stand together with Destiny Rescue to declare that child slavery and prostitution is NOT okay!

Over the coming weeks, I will discuss Destiny Rescue and the 26 Second Challenge more and let you know how you can impact the lives of many through this Godly organization.

In the meantime, you can click here to learn more about Destiny Rescue.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and in Blessing others,

Leanne Annett 🙂