Just in case you don’t know this by now I am a documentary fan. I particularly enjoy the ones that tell stories of courage and achieving against all odds!
Last night I watched an account of a young girl who sustained 90% burns after the room she was sleeping in went up in flames when her mother left a cigarette burning a hole on the bedside table. Terri was just 22 months old at the time of the incident. Having worked in a hospital I’ve seen some horrendous burns and you feel quite helpless when you hear the moans and groans of pain and discomfort.
It was against all odds that Terri who is now 15 years old fought just to survive. Her mother couldn’t handle the guilt of what had happened to her precious little daughter and parted ways with her family. Fortunately for Terri she had a dad who was willing to do all he could to give her the best life possible. He left his job to be with her every step of the way. The bond they share is just so amazing and his daughter can’t stop heaping praise on him.
Ironically we’ve just had fathers day and I read many negative statements about dads who just go on their way without any concern for the welfare of their children. We seem to forget there are also single fathers raising their kids and doing an exceptional job. Fathers like Terri’s dad who take on a nurturing role and excel against the odds.
Wow what a sad documentary, people risking limb and life to get into Europe. It’s really a shame that people who want to improve their lives and the lives of their children get exploited and mistreated by people who pretend they can offer help.
As a mother of a very young family it was really heartbreaking to see families sleeping on the streets in Greece. Those are lengths that parents will go to just to give their kids a better life.
I do think that authorities should protect their borders but the way that people are dehumanized is quite depressing. Of course there is the issue of people abusing the system and fibbing their way into an asylum or refugee status.
So tonight as I lay my head on my pillow I will definitely spare a thought for people desperate for a chance at freedom and peace!