What About the Boys?

Fellow Justice Seekers:
I realize that many of these emails talk about women and girls. This time I would like to bring some attention to how human trafficking affects boys and men. As most of you know, I visited Senegal  in March of 2012.  In Senegal, the young boys are sold by their parents.  Due to poverty and religious reasons they sell them to the Muslim leaders.  They think they are being taught the Quran.   The sad reality is that they (the Talibe boys) are forced to beg on the streets.  I will never forget them!
Learn more about the Talibe boys here


picture taken by one of my fellow missionaries

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
In The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi  (Behind Taliban Lines) returns to his native land to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen. Known as “bacha bazi” (literal translation: “boy play”), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new “masters.” The men dress the boys in women’s clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends. According to experts, the dancing boys are used sexually by these powerful men.
(Taken form FRONTLINE/PBS)

Child Soldiers
Thousands of children are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls, some as as young as 8-years-old, serve in government forces and armed opposition groups. They may fight on the front lines, participate in suicide missions, and act as spies, messengers, or lookouts
Learn more about Child Soldiers here

What About MA?
Find out at:
May’s Gathering Empowering Action

When? Thursday May 16th 7-9pm
Where? MIT- 45 Carleton st, room 109
Cambridge, MA 02142
Right behind Kendal/MIT stop on the red line

This month’s topic:
Boys In the Life: Understanding the Reality of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys in MA.

Steven Procopio from Surviving Our Struggle at Boston GLASS will be sharing about his new program to provide resources to support youth caught up in this far too often ignored or under represented reality.

Boston GLASS provides counseling, advocacy and referrals for health care services and housing to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) teens and young adults, many of whom are youth of color.

What is the community’s response? How can we better equip our service providers, first responders, parents, teachers, and every member of the community to help prevent and identify exploitation of boys, and support our youth.

Read here for more information about Steven Procopio and his work with Boston Glass

How can we as Christians look at the reality of our culture without judging?  How can we bring love and hope to those we don’t understand or maybe even disagree with?
We can start by being courageous enough to learn about the darkness.  How can we bring forth light if we don’t take the time to listen.  To listen does not mean we have to approve or agree.
I encourage you to be bold enough to take time to listen and learn.

John 1:5
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Thank you for reading this!

For Their Freedom,
Jennie

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