I enjoy watching the movie, A Good Year, in which a self-absorbed, selfish stock trader finds that there is more to life. I thought about this movie again as I was reading the following quote of Archbishop (now Cardinal) Wuerl from over a year ago when the murder and persecution of the Yazidi and Christian minorities first reached our TV screens.
Cardinal Wuerl said, “We cannot in conscience ignore this. Often we are asked how is it possible in human history that atrocities occur? They occur for two reasons: there are those prepared to commit them and those who remain silent. The actions in Iraq and Syria today, what’s happening to women, children and men…their displacement and even worse…is something that we are really not free to ignore.”
Over a year has passed since he made this statement. It has NOT been a Good Year…it has been a year of terror and grief. The atrocities have continued on an unimaginable scale and the world has remained silent. Only now because of the painful photo of a small boy lying on a beach is the world talking about it again. How quickly will it fade from our conversation?
Johnnie Moore, co-founder of the Cradle Fund, met a young nun in Mosul and recounted her story in his book. Sister Rose had poured her life into the lives of refugees as they have fled from city to city while fleeing herself. She paid particular attention to refugees who weren’t in camps and hadn’t found help from international agencies. She went searching for them in fields and abandoned buildings, and found those sleeping on sidewalks and wandering aimlessly down roads to nowhere. Women pleaded with her to take their children so they wouldn’t be sold, killed or abused. The most conservative estimates put the number of executed children in Syria alone at more than 10,000.
When he met her, she said: “I lived in America. Americans are wonderful people. It’s shocking to me that they are so silent in the face of our genocide. Please help us. Raise your voice for us. Our children are dying. In America you care for your pets so well, can you care for your Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering.”
(Last year, Americans spent $56 BILLION on their pets.)
Raeda, 15, shown above with her baby brother. She lost sight in one eye after being hit by shrapnel from an explosion near her house.
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“Silence in the face of evil, is evil itself.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer