Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 58

So, you know, it is eye-opening to read through the book, and see all these atrocities that are happening around the world. But, I was wondering, when you guys were writing the book, what was your original vision and purpose for "Forgotten Girls"?

Kay: Well, we wanted people to react just how you’re reacting, because that’s the truth and you were saying that children don’t really know what love is but, I will tell you, adults as well, and we have seen this among girls who were trafficked who are now teenagers, who are mothers themselves and have no idea what it means to be loved or to love another. Our first, certainly, our big reason that we have for writing the book was to raise awareness. People can’t respond if they don’t know, but we also wanted to let them know, as Michelle was saying, that they can do something and, in my opinion, stories are the best way to accomplish these goals. The facts and statistics are so important and they shock us and they give validity to a point made but, in the end, it is the stories that move the heart and that is what we wanted to do, was move people’s heart to where the heart of Jesus is.

Absolutely.

Kay: We wanted people to know, we wanted people to care, and we wanted people to take action.

Yeah, it definitely is a call for action. Absolutely. You know, each story has so much in it too and that is what’s nice — is having that personal touch, where you all have talked to either the girls themselves or to people that witnessed the story. So you are actually telling an actual, personal story about the atrocities that happen to so many every day.

Kay: Yeah.

One of the chapters is entitled, “Not Enough Girls". Michelle, could you tell the readers, about that particular story?

Michelle: Yes, the story is about a woman — a teen — named Si-yun In North Korea, and it’s her saga. This could be a book, all on its own. What this young woman went through to escape the privations of North Korea, get across the river into China, and she was told to look for the people of the cross, because they are good people in China - they’re the people of the cross — and there are other people there who will exploit and sell you and you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. So, it’s an amazing journey that she went on, and sadly, the story ends with her being taken into custody and never being heard from again. But, it kind of punctuates more recent stories out of radio-free Asia. There was a September 2016 article sold without their knowledge about the rise in human trafficking. You know, these stories to me —often, because they are complex —they help to point to a whole constellation of injustices against girls. About 65 million of them are kept out of school currently to work, marry or be sold according to UNESCO. These injustices have been called the world’s worst holocaust, with 200 million girls murdered through starving, poisoning, or buried alive, or aborted because they’re girls and the losses to communities and society are so tremendous that The Economist magazine devoted an entire issue to uncovering the impact, including the fact that that the shortage of girls in India and China are driving human trafficking. So one terrible injustice, it seems, leads to another.