Elephant Rock at Sunset Silence in the Moment~
I have fond memories of my most favorite auntie, with flaming red hair. I am reminded of her grace and beauty that she showed me always. She had been slumbering in a coma in these final moments of her life. Having had leukemia for the last 10 years has been painful and exhausting for her and her family.
It wasn’t until she fell silent in the coma did I learn that she had been a silent victim to domestic abuse, verbally and physically. There were signs I’ve been told but never shared until her passing that she did not have anyone to turn to. It is a sad thing to know that with all the resources that are available for people to get help that she did not trust anyone. In the midst of what was happening to her and her daughters.
I know that the abuse that I sustained as a child silence me. It took immense courage to walk away from my abuser and my family at 12 years old. I look back and wish I could have stayed in my home but could not live in the same place as my abuser. Yet I learn that my aunt had stayed her whole life with her abuser and never sought help. Broken bones and a broken heart is what she had in the silence of the moment we have learned.
If for nothing else it has pushed me to bring awareness to abuse that has been happening to others you may know or maybe to you and not just in our home towns in our nation but to so many others globally around our world.
It is just not a gender issue but a global issue at hand.
In Cameroon it is horrible for the young woman child to be born and to possibly face in her puberty, breast ironing
. It is just 612 miles away from the Congo that this is happening. As a form of birth control to stop her breast from developing making her a prime target to a male pursuer that might jeopardize her education by impregnating her.
These girls silenced by there mothers, or grandmothers or an elder in their village. It is a horrible practice that has to stop.
With proper education it can be stopped and must be stopped as a form of birth control. I am going to do what I can to raise awareness to this problem that is going on. It is time for us that can share our knowledge with those that have been silence for too long.
Education is the Key to helping with this problem. I will find a way to help.
I know that Braveheart Women's Community is raising money to build a school in the Congo. Looking to see how far it is from one town to another? ... in miles from Yaounde Cameroon to Brazzaville Congo is 612 miles or 984.71 Kilometers that is not far at all.
I make "Hands healing the Spirit Dolls" and "Jewelry" and will be raising money through the sales of my work. To raise awareness of this "Silencing of the Soul" that has been happening for far to long.
Being a woman should be celebrated every day!
We live on Mother Earth! We are all her children!
These are my sisters that have suffered for far too long, their pain and suffering that these little souls have felt for being born a girl child, is so very sad it hurts to my core!
I will help their voices rise up, and be heard so this can be stopped in its tracks!
In the young woman's own words, “Our goal is to tell the untold and usher in the needed wind of change.” Shekina~
Blessing to you with Love & Light,