I was very taken by this ad yesterday for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
NCMEC is primarily funded by the Justice Department for preventing and assisting with solving child abductions, child sexual abuse, and child pornography.
It's horrible when something bad happens to to an adult, but when it happens to a child--that is catastrophic.
I remember my dad used to say when he went to the funeral for a child--"A child is supposed to bury his [/her] parents, and not the other way around!"
It is unthinkable the pain that a helpless child goes through when taken or abused.
And for the parents, who are responsible for and love that child, I don't think they can ever rest or be at peace for a single moment, until the child is, please G-d, safe again.
This reminds me of the tragedy this week, where a one-year old child was one of the victims in a terror car-ramming at a bus stop in Israel that wounded 11 people.
Unfortunately, the baby's leg that had been nearly severed by the terror attack, was unfortunately lost despite heroic attempts by the doctors to save his leg.
What did this kid do to deserve such a trauma and fate?
As the NCMEC motto states, "Every child deserves a safe childhood."
How can people be so cruel to others and especially to innocent children?
Despite G-d's love and caring in this world, evil still exists and every time a child goes missing, is exploited, or is hurt/killed is proof of this, and is a mandate of our need to fight for their good. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)