A prayer for little hands

Yesterday my father-in-law posted this image gallery from The Atlantic Monthly to raise awareness for the International Labour Organization’s World Day Against Child Labor campaign.

I keep going back to these images. As if looking at them with the deepest of empathy could do something to improve these children’s lives. It is like a prayer I suppose, for as Søren Kierkegaard said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

The rough hands of an Afghan child, at the Sadat Ltd. Brick factory, where some children work from 8am to 5 pm daily, seen on May 14, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Child labor is common at the brick factories where the parents work as laborers, desperate to make more money enlisting their children to help doing the easy jobs. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

2 responses to “A prayer for little hands

  1. I don’t like this post. I like the fact that you’re quoting Kierkegaard, and I like that you have drawn attention to this article. The photos are gut-wrenching. I think modern society has become numb to these kinds of attrocities, because we have accepted in the front or back of our minds that this is how things are, how they are determined to be, that this is inevitable, that we can’t change it, that things have evolved this way and we are all bound by our own path. Any belief to the contrary seems like hope, faith, or some ridiculous form of unrealistic agape. But that small voice in our heads that says this isn’t fair, may represent the only true choice we have. Our only chance to exert our will. Our only chance to break the chains of biology and circumstance.

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