All our own

Published: 8/13/2019 9:29:05 AM

In protest of prison camps for children I’ve just read an article about the inhuman conditions in the detention center in Clint, Texas where hundreds of children, some as young as 5 months, are imprisoned. Frightened and helpless, these children are living in squalid internment, unbathed, underfed, and treated cruelly. Guards have even taken away the beds of some of them. With no hope of ever seeing their parents again, every day is a never-ending nightmare.

Imagine our own children in such circumstances, frightened and alone, with no loving adult to hold them, no one to protect them. Inconceivable. None of us would let this happen to our kids. But the parents of these children are unable to intervene. They are being held in prison-like conditions themselves, living the agony of not knowing where their kids are or if they will ever see them again.

What kind of a place is this where children are made to suffer, to pay for their parent’s attempt to bring their families to a safer country? This kind of place is our nation, our government that is committing the crime of torturing these children. Who will speak for these small innocent people who cannot speak for themselves?

Let us not turn away, unwilling to think about the unthinkable. Instead let us raise our voices in protest on behalf of these children. In the eyes of God, they are all our own.

Margaret Halbeisen



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