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The challenge to protect children in 2019

The world in 2019 has to wake up to the prevalence of child sexual abuse and everyone has to act more decisively about it. Parents, politicians and citizens must be aware that this is a horrendous crime, and all must do much more to prevent it and rescue and cure the child victims, and bring the perpetrators to justice, convict and jail them.
 








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Justice for abused children

Hundreds of children are sexually abused in the Philippines daily and millions are abused around the world. Strict justice is needed and an unrelenting crackdown on child abusers is what is needed to protect children from sexual abuse.
 








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The greatest Christmas gift for children

Christmas is the celebration of the wonder and great value we place on children. We celebrate their rights and dignity. Every family ought to protect and care for their children, not pamper and spoil them as objects and even victims of crass commercialisation and exaggerated gift-giving. 
 
No gift can ever buy the love of a child. No gift is more valuable than the genuine love and appreciation of parents for their children.
 








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Born to change the world

Christmas is a festival of children. We see images of a child born in a stable surrounded by animals, Mary and Joseph by the crib. Although recalling the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is the purpose of Christmas, outside the church buildings, it is replaced by secular, non-Christian commercial money-making enterprises. The traders have kept Christ out of Christ-mas as they proclaim “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” Have the pagans won?
 








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Ending violence against women and girls

She was only a seven-years-old, call her Angelica. She never knew or imagined the sexual violence that was to be done to her by her stepfather, Apolonio Valdez. He took her from the small, two-roomed house to the nearby forest and assaulted and sexually abused her.
 








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The care that children need

The vast majority of Filipinos love their children; they care for them, pamper and spoil them at times. They do everything to protect them and educate them, meet their needs and launch them on a career. There it seems to end for many. Love and care for children in general is not projected outside the extended family of the well off. It is clear the poor survive by helping each other stay alive. The dedicated few true Christians and Muslims work to help the abused and abandoned children but they are the few in a population of 107 million.








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All life is sacred

Unless we take a stand for life, death will overwhelm us. That is the challenge that greets every one of us who has seen someone that we cared for and loved pass from this life. It is the memory of that person that draws us back to the place where we felt their genuine love. 
 








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The man who said ‘You shall not kill’

He was born the son of poor farm workers in El Salvador. He grew up hungry and deprived, and he was like the millions of poor who don’t know the root causes of their rural poverty. The poor struggle to overcome those sufferings and hardships as they bury the pain within them and strive to forget and survive, and find a better world for themselves and their children.
 








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The courageous testimony of brave young people

Makati, Metro Manila. The testimony of the five young boys in a Makati conference room on the 37th floor of a business tower was shocking and harrowing. Anyone reading the affidavits of the victims of Douglas Slade or listening to the sexual exploitation done by this grossly overweight, self-indulgent convicted British pedophile would cause anyone to cringe with disgust and revulsion. 
 








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Human trafficking is slavery in our time

It’s impossible to imagine the sheer joy and exuberance of victims of human bondage who have been freed. When Jessica, Ruby, Angelica, Celine and Theresa were liberated from their human traffickers, they could not believe it. That realisation took some time in coming to their well-conditioned and convinced minds that they were in debt and had to work for a long time to pay it off and there was no escape.