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  • ivanildotrindade 2:58 pm on April 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animal instinct, ethiopia, girls at risk, kidnap for marriage, maternal instinct, rape. forced marriage   

    If Humans Will Not Give Us Good News, Animals Will 

    I got this from somebody’s Facebook page. I think it is worth the read on these days when people are becoming ever more creative in finding ways to bring havoc into our world.

    Well, look, we just report the news around here, no matter how incredible it sounds. And this one is incredible and beautiful and almost too good to be true, but in a story that’s being corroborated by many witnesses, a 12-year-old girl who had been kidnapped in Ethiopia by a group of men who intended to force her into marriage was rescued by a trio of benevolent lions (a trio of benevolent lions). The girl, who had been missing for a week, was the captive of seven men who had beat her and intended to marry her. But before they could seriously harm her, three lions appeared and—holy moly, can you even believe it?—stood guard over the girl until she was found by police. Government authorities suspect that the girl’s crying reminded the lions of mewing cubs and they took her under their incredible golden paws until they were certain she was safe.“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo said. “If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage” …

    To read the full story from NBC News, click here.

    Peace. And please pray for the families of the victims of the “Boston Carnage.”

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

  • ivanildotrindade 3:52 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fire in thailand, hill tribe people, mae surin camp, minorities in thailand, refugee camp fire, suspicious fire, thai-burma border   

    Questions About the Mae Surin Camp Fire 

    Refugee fire 5
    You may have heard the news. It’s already over a week old now and in the age of fast short news cycles, this is an eternity. But there is an angle to the story about the fire at the refugee camp in the Thai-Burma border that has not been explored. Most of the people living in that camp are Christians of different denominations and stripes. The evangelicals have been there for the last 10 years, having been reached by some indigenous pastors who are Karen.

    Refugee fire 4The Karen are a minority group in the northern part of Thailand. They, along with many of the so-called “hill tribe” people, are often despised and discarded. They are called “monkeys,” among other terrible names. Many of them do not have proper Thai I.D. cards and thus are not even considered citizens of Thailand. Without proper papers, they can’t work, go to school or get medical cards. They are displaced people, literally without a country.

    Refugee fire 1The Thai government does not officially recognize these refugee camps so that makes it a little more difficult to help these people. So when the Christians say that they have reasons to suspect that the fire was intentional, I tend to believe them. But, of course, the cause of the fire is still under investigation so we have to wait, but the fact that the police chief who raised questions about the investigation has been removed from his post raises even more questions…

    The good news is that there are at least three relief organizations inside the remains of the camp now. The bad news is that a lot of the Christians, for one reason or another, are not receiving much help at this point.

    I have two friends who have been inside the camp in the last week or so. One is Jay Milbrandt. I have written about him here in connection to his book Go and Do. Jay works for Pepperdine University and he happens to be in Thailand right now. He wrote recently about his trip to the refugee camp here. Please read his article. It is very informative.

    Refugee fire 3My other friend is Karen. She is the one who supplied me with the pictures, which she took during her last trip to the camp. She works with an organization inside Thailand which helps rescue orphan children. She has made two trips to the refugee camp. She has a special permission to get in because of her connection to some of the officials in charge. She is heading up an effort to bring relief to the Christians. In fact, in a couple of hours she will be heading back to the camp for a third time, with four pick up trucks loaded with supplies. She says that her people need everything, from pots and pans to shoes to Bibles to food. Let me know if you would like to help. I will have more information soon. Please e-mail me at ivanildoctrindade@gmail.com.

    Like I said, this is old news already, but I beg you not to let it leave your mind too quickly. These people are suffering. They deserve a break and most of us who live in this part of the world are able to do something to help. Please find an organization with a good track record, especially if you know the people who are running it, and help. There are multitudes of way you can help now. Don’t wait too long. Soon this will be so ancient no one will remember.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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