So the past couple weeks, I was on a mission trip in Montana, so pardon the lack of posts.
Today, I ran for Charlotte Awino on my way home from work. My job is taking care of an 8 year old special child... and to think that Charlotte was in captivity for his entire lifetime is just mind-blowing.
Coming home from Montana, I had the honor of sharing a plane ride with a fallen soldier. Seeing a casket wrapped in an American flag come down the stowaway compartment conveyor belt to a weeping family and was a harsh reminder that the freedom we have in this country isn't free. It is because of the brave men and women in military service that we don't have groups like the LRA raping our teenagers. To all service men and women... this is just an aside to say thank you.
Charlotte Awino was held as a sex slave for eight years. When she recently talked to the UN Humans Rights council in Geneva, she said she came as a representive for those exploited and left voiceless by human trafficking. Awino called on the international community to help the victims.
"No one is there for them," she said. "And, nothing is being done, even if they escape back home."
Awino was 14 years old when the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army abducted her from her boarding school in 1996.
"We were taken away from the school campus heading nowhere, walking the whole time," she said. Awino claimed she was taken to southern Sudan, where victims were raped and beaten and forced to work in the gardens and carry luggage. She said those caught trying to escape were killed.
Awino was 22 years old and had two children by the time she managed to escape.
Click here for source of Charlotte's story
6.21 miles for Charlotte Awino
163.73 miles to date.
G.Q., N.H., and S.O.
Because He first loved me,