Remembering World War I

Image: New York Times

 

August 3rd marked the 100th anniversary of World War I, the "War to end all wars". World War I ravaged entire nations, destroyed millions of lives, and caused physical damage that is still visible today. On this anniversary of World War I, we remember and honor the brave people who sacrificed their lives to bring peace to the nations and we mourn over the brokenness in our world that leads to such conflicts.


As we remember the events of World War I and honor the brave people who gave their lives, we also call attention to the war that continues today in China. This war is not a war of country against country, but a war against mothers and daughters.


37 million people were injured and killed in World War I. That same number, 37 million, is the number of girls missing in China today. China's cultural preference for sons has caused families to devalue girls, and the restrictions of the One-Child Policy have led millions of families to abort, abandon, and kill their baby girls so that they can have a son. This systematic elimination of girls is called Gendercide. In the past three decades, the One-Child Policy has claimed the lives of over 400 million babies--that's hundreds of millions more deaths than World War I and World War II combined.


Within China, the One-Child Policy has devastating financial, legal, and even physical effects on families who violate the policy and their "over-quota" children. However, the effects of the One-Child Policy reach even beyond the borders of China. Because there are so many more men than women in China, foreign women--often from Thailand, Vietnam, and other neighboring countries--are trafficked to fill the men's demand for wives and sexual partners. 


During this time of remembrance of World War I, let us remember the war that still rages in China. We call for an end to this injustice and for peace to reign in China and across the world. We must fight just as hard to protect the unborn as we do to protect our nations because our children are the future heroes and peacemakers of our world.


 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:10-12

 

by Emilie, All Girls Allowed

 

All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of the One-Child Policy.  “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”




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My name is Liu Ping. I was born in 1958 in Tianjin, China, and arrived in the United States in 1999. Before coming to America, I worked in a state-owned textile factory in Tianjin. The majority of the workers in the factory were women, many of whom were also of reproductive age, so the Family Planning Policy was implemented especially strictly. I am simply one of these many women whose lives were destroyed by the policy....

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From Chai Ling, Founder of All Girls Allowed.

 

Dear Friends of All Girls Allowed,

 

This year saw the abundant fruit of your support and your prayers. Thank you for helping us spread the word about gendercide and the One-Child Policy!

 

Your efforts have strengthened this movement in its second year, and I now have more hope than ever that the One-Child Policy will soon be little more than an ugly piece of history. This hope is rooted in the power of our mighty God, who promises that justice will reign:

 

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