My Name is not Important

I am only one of 6,000 children who will be orphaned today by AIDS.

I am only one of 25,000 people who will die today of hunger.

I am only one of 12 million people trafficked into forced labor or the sex trade worldwide.

My name is not important, because there are so many of us. You may pass me by and not even notice me. You may think I am in some far reaches of the world, some impoverished third-world country that has too many problems to fix. But I am where you live, too. I am everywhere.

Am I less than human? Am I so easily discarded and forgotten?

Will you look away?

About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on September 10, 2008, in AIDS, children, India, news, orphans, poverty, shelley seale and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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