Monday, February 3, 2014

Will You Change Their Everyday? | The #LocustEffect

December 30th, I had the immense honor to be asked to be part of The Locust Effect Launch team. When I received the email in my inbox, I was ecstatic! But little did I know that opening that email, and accepting the invitation to join the team, would change my life foreverin just little over a month.

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros launched TODAY! For months now the staff at International Justice Mission (IJM), as well as all the members of the launch team (and I am sure many others) have been anticipating the launch of this life-changing, truly world changing book!

The Locust Effect is an eye-opener about the hidden plague of violence that is devastating the developing world in more ways than you can imagine. 

When I first started reading The Locust Effect, I was taken aback by the outright, malicious forms of social injustice that happen worldwide―but more specifically, how corrupt the government systems of the world are. Those who promised to protect the vulnerable and the weak were the very ones who inflicted so much pain on the poor. Without the enforcement of protection for the poor, the perpetrators will continue to oppress and violate the poor. 
"But in many settings in the developing world, the working parts of the criminal justice systems are so corroded and frayed that violent abusers of the poor don't need to worry about the justice systems at all."
They are cowards, and more importantly they know that the government and criminal justice systems won't do anything about their acts of violence. How incredibly heart-breaking is that? Even if that little girl who was raped on her way to school had the courage to tell someone about her abuse, their would still be no justice for her. 

At the beginning of The Locust Effect, Gary told horrific stories of atrocious forms of violence committed against the poor―where the perpetrators weren't brought to justice. At the hands of the unjust, the poor always suffer. Reading those awful, heart-breaking stories, I was filled with such a vengeance for justice―and my heart ached for those people, those little children, those precious girls who suffered so horribly at the hands of their oppressors. 

But even with all this hurt, and violenceand the despair that comes from the realization that there are so many people suffering simply because they are poor and taken advantage of―I found that we still have hope. 
"We have come to see with some urgency that criminal justice systems are indispensable for the poor, and we know from history that it's possible to build them."
It is possible to restore the criminal justice systems, even if that means it'll take a long time. 

Are you ready to make a difference? To do SOMETHING about the violence millions of people around the world face daily? Who can change their everyday? Do a Little Good says that the answer is YOU:
"The short answer is you. Me. Any of us. All of us. We all have a voice. We all have spheres of influence. We all have networks. Whether you are a stay at home mom connecting with friends and other moms on Facebook, or a work away from home mom connecting with colleagues over lunch meetings, this conversation is for you. Whether you are leading an NGO overseas or a local non-profit in your community, this conversation is for you.Whether you are feeding the homeless or feeding your family, this conversation is for you" (Do a Little Good).
You, right where you are and with what you have―YOU can change their everyday for good! 

Get in on the conversation about The Locust Effect! Be a voice for the voiceless. 

>> Want a chance to change the poor's EVERYDAY? I'm giving away The Locust Effect this week on the blog! ENTER the giveaway February 3-9! Be the change that we pray to see in the world.

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Far below the headlines, a plague of hidden, everyday violence — like rape, trafficking, and police brutality — is devastating the developing world and undermining our efforts to end poverty.
BE SURE TO check out all these amazing posts from my fellow members of The Locust Effect Launch Team:
"The terror of poverty lies in the poor person's vulnerability to violence." << Yet despite this, we have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR EVERYDAY!

What are you doing to spread awareness about the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | 1st Image © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Images  © 2014 IJM

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