As Day Two of my Fight For Hunger book promotion kicks off, I thought I would stand back and let a child’s words put things in perspective.
This was written in 1990, by Rachel Corrie. At the time she wrote this, she was only ten years old. Her words show a wisdom beyond her years.
It is no surprise that Rachel grew up to be an American peace activist. She was a member of the pro-Palestinian group, International Solidarity Movement. She died on March 16, 2003 – at the age of twenty-three – while engaging in non-violent protest (in Israel) against the Israeli army’s demolition of Palestinian homes. Wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket and using a megaphone, Rachel was killed by a bulldozer (whose driver ran over her twice), while she was standing in front of the soon-to-be-demolished home of Palestinian friends (the family of local pharmacist, Samir Nasralla).
A foundation in her name – The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice – continues her work.
When you read what she, at the age of ten, writes about hunger… you can only imagine what wonderful things she would have accomplished, had she lived.
Written in 1990, by Rachel Aliene Corrie:
“I’m here for other children.
I’m here because I care.
I’m here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger.
I’m here because those people are mostly children.
We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them.
We have got to understand that these deaths are preventable.
We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.
We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.
We have got to understand that they are us. We are them.
My dream is to stop hunger by the year 2000.
My dream is to give the poor a chance.
My dream is to save the 40,000 people who die each day.
My dream can and will come true if we all look into the future and see the light that shines there.
If we ignore hunger, that light will go out.
If we all help and work together, it will grow and burn free with the potential of tomorrow.”
Image of Rachel via rachelcorriefoundation.org.