I’ve never been left behind before. Have you?
A few weeks ago a friend of mine pinned me to my chair as he shared an experience he had a number of years ago. He was doing relief and development work in the Middle East. Thousands upon thousands of people were forced to flee their homes, journey hundreds of miles to another country, and reside in refugee camps. My friend worked in those camps and what he noticed most was the type of people who arrived there; or rather, those who didn’t arrive there. There were few or no people with disabilities.
Why? Because at some point, in the midst of the helter skelter, war-wracked environment, a family member had to make a horrible decision. You see, not everybody could survive the journey. Somebody had to be left behind, or nobody would make it. And those left behind were often people with disabilities.
I was struck by how painful that kind of a decision might be for a parent. It’s hard to imagine from my latte-enriched perspective. What is more, I wonder what it would be like to be left behind, to be…forgotten.
By the way, my friend’s name is Ed Epp and he’s the new Executive Director for cbm Canada. It’s an organization I’m committed to because they are committed to the forgotten people of the world, people trapped in poverty because of disability. I’ve been serving on the cbm Board for a number of years and I’m committed to their vision.
I want to share with you a video that has just been produced by cbm. It will soon air on television but I couldn’t wait to pass it along. FYI, the video is about an hour in length, so find a good block of time to watch it.