This is an incredible story of two 25-year olds who share drastically different life stories. One is the photographer and author of the story, Michele Tvedt, while the other is a somalian woman, Falima, mother of five. I’m turning 25 in 11 days, I have never really known hunger, had a single child, walked somewhere because I had no other form of transportation, or been robbed by someone. Tvedt said it perfectly.
Every day, we are surrounded by pictures meant to convey the devastation and pain taking place around the world. But behind every photo are stories we may never know, feelings we may never understand, and individuals who continue carrying on in their journey, even after we forget their faces.
I pray that I don’t forget these faces, I pray that even though there is a great distance between me and what is happening in the Horn of Africa that it will never leave my heart and that people here in the U.S. and other nations of wealth will give of ourselves to these people and reach out our hands to hold them up while they are consumed with a sense of hopelessness as they watch loved ones around them perish for lack of food, water and medical supplies.
I pray that we can generate a movement to bring this crisis to the forefront of our minds and raise awareness of what has been going on for far too long already.
One way you can do that is by being a part of the second round of the #EndFamine shirt campaign. Even a t shirt has the ability to cause change, in the first round alone supporters helped raise $1,500 for World Vision’s efforts in the Horn of Africa. I’m excited to see how God moves you to be involved and the impact you will make on the lives of so many! Stand up, be audacious and help bring hope back to the Horn of Africa.