I mean..... New Year 2012!
From Wikipedia which is always accurate:
2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth's collision with a black hole, passing asteroid or a planet called "Nibiru".
Oh okay.... that entry has been edited by me to omit certain possible disclaimers or opinions or superstitions.
But to be honest, the end of the world has already come for many in the world; mostly for women and children who are born into, or forced into, slavery. And as the mother of a young girl it scares me to death!
Recently this article
in the NYT made me want to raise money to rent several thousand large aircraft to airlift all females out of Somalia:
Somalia has been steadily worn down by decades of conflict and chaos, its cities in ruins and its people starving. Just this year, tens of thousands have died from famine, with countless others cut down in relentless combat. Now Somalis face yet another widespread terror: an alarming increase in rapes and sexual abuse of women and girls.
The Shabab militant group, which presents itself as a morally righteous rebel force and the defender of pure Islam, is seizing women and girls as spoils of war, gang-raping and abusing them as part of its reign of terror in southern Somalia, according to victims, aid workers and United Nations officials. Short of cash and losing ground, the militants are also forcing families to hand over girls for arranged marriages that often last no more than a few weeks and are essentially sexual slavery, a cheap way to bolster their ranks’ flagging morale.
But it is not just the Shabab. In the past few months, aid workers and victims say, there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by Somalia’s famine, who often trek hundreds of miles searching for food and end up in crowded, lawless refugee camps where Islamist militants, rogue militiamen and even government soldiers rape, rob and kill with impunity.
There are a few good people who want to help these women, this is one of the organizations.
Click here to donate money or to simply write letters of support to women who have been abused.
This will be my 2012 "cause" and I intend to get my daughter involved. Slavery and rape of women and children should not be happening in this world.... EVER. It'll take many voices screaming loudly to get it to end. Join me in screaming won't you?