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Less Fortunate
By Ayesha A van Staaden
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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I went on a little trip & found this

I feel a tear roll down my cheek as I watch the little girl on a heap of waste in an open space where everyone in the town’s trash goes. She sits in the most comfortable position known to her, her legs stretched out and her arms dangling by her side. She has what looks like all her clothing on & a Lesotho blanket wrapped around her tightly to protect her baby on her back. Unable to get up she begs for food by every passing person on the trip, in return she gets ignored. No mercy is felt by these cruel people, walking by like they the only ones’ who matter in this world. The poor teenager’s beauty is over shadowed by the sad look on her face; she’s one of those people who carry her worries on her face. The more I walk through the rumble of many peoples home, one step at a time. What may seem like a disgusted look on my face is actually a look of sadness. The same as a coin has two sides, there’s also a flip side to why I have come to this place, but it seems the one side of me has lost strength to continue. My first reason was to give to the needy which some of them has shone down upon and saw it as a way of showing them that I’m more fortunate than them. I still don’t regret giving to them. Secondly, it was to add realise how fortunate I really am and that I ‘m not grateful for it. Now this, I do regret. Many a times we don’t go on our knees to thank the lord for what we have, all we do is complain to him about what we do not have. The further I walk the more I realise that I don’t belong here, I have no right coming here. The more I look into these peoples faces the more I realise that I wasn’t even as much as invited. This trip without a doubt has been a learning experience for me. Why I take life for granted, I still have to figure out, if not soon I’d be at the edge of breaking down what has taken me months to build up.

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