1.6 million children in the UK are living in severe poverty. This means that their family struggle to afford basic things like bedding and clothing. Chloe, 11, slept on cold, bare floorboards because her mattress was full of bed bugs which gave her sore itchy bites. This meant she was constantly tired and would often fall asleep at school. She was also embarrassed to show her skin because of the bites. – Something is wrong!
There are 23,500 children in the UK who live with a health condition for which there is no cure. Receiving medical care to help manage these conditions can be scary and frightening for young children and their families. Harrison, 8, needed an emergency operation to remove part of his skull because he had water on his brain. – Something is wrong!
Every 22 minutes, a child in the UK loses their mum or dad. Working through their feelings and accepting their loss is a particularly emotional time for young people and can lead to feelings of anger, confusion and sadness. When Alice, 14, found out that her mum was dying of cancer, she found it very difficult. – Something is wrong!
The cataclysm that ended the world – my world, that is – occurred on May 26, 1999. At least I thought that my world had ended as I applied CPR to the lifeless body of my once vibrant 11 year-old son Sean McDonald, who had just hanged himself. – Something is wrong!
Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a “terrible indictment of the world in 2007,” the head of the U.N. food agency said. – Something is wrong!
Pakistani father Din Mohammad had the misfortune to live next door to militants in Danda Darpakhel, North Waziristan. On September 8 2010, the CIA’s Reaper drones paid a visit. Hellfire missiles tore into the compound killing six alleged militants. One of the Hellfires missed its target, and Din Mohammad’s house was hit. He survived. But his son, his two daughters and his nephew all died. His eldest boy had been a student at a Waziristan military cadet college. The other three children were all below school age. – Something is wrong!
We pretend C’est la vie – that the world and everything in it is here by chance and only obeys the laws of chance. Life just began by accident in pools of primaeval soup and we are all dust with no meaning or purpose. If so, why do we care? Why do we look at tragedy and pain and corruption and feel something is wrong? Why don’t we subscribe to the eugenics of disposable human lives?
It is because we know deep down that this is not how it is meant to be, something is wrong, something is broken. And because we feel it we also feel that there is some place, some plan, some planner for a healed world where death and hurt and tragedy don’t feature.
It’s not a dream – it is the deepest and the most basic truth of the human spirit.