Who will help the vulnerable children of the world?
So many children are suffering from war, famine, poverty. Arthur C. Clarke has voiced the reason that we should worry about the children of the world. When children are damaged by war, poverty, and famine, the future of that country is lost.
“It was the end of civilization, the end of all that men had striven for since the beginning of time. In the space of a few days, humanity had lost its future, for the heart of any race is destroyed, and its will to survive utterly broken, when its children are taken from it.” Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.
Childhood Lost – charcoal in Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook.
Childhood Lost shows the vulnerable look of a child who might be wondering if he will be sleeping in a safe home tonight, or whether his belly will be full after so many days without food.
The dark charcoal matches the questioning look of a child waiting for some kind of hope in his life.
Too many children go to bed hungry.
Too many children have seen that which they should have never seen.
I have painted other children with questioning looks.
We have not learned from history. So many children with much to give to the world have perished from war or starvation. What kind of future can a country hope for when the youngest generation is lost or damaged?
Other vulnerable people I have painted with charcoal include the homeless.
For some reason, charcoal lends itself for these moments when I feel for those who are less fortunate than most of us.
“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.” Isaiah 49:10.