One day the dolls I had collected from different countries walked up on my desk and said enough is enough! They explained, that they were just dolls and had never had any guns or any power to influence anyone. Nevertheless, they were cultural ambassadors and had to be listened to. They had never threatened anyone, but now they had seen enough – more than enough. They had seen how the adults, parents, humans have killed, robbed, violated, raped, starved, drowned, sold and committed every imaginable crime where the victims have been children, their playmates and their families. And all these sickening atrocities, only because the kids were totally defenceless and unprepared. The kids could not even in their wildest dreams imagine what the adults were going to do to them. Too many dolls and their protectors had been shot and burned to death. Now the dolls were just not willing to silently watch in a corner any longer. They would not take any more of it, not a bit of it. STOP IT, they said. STOP IT RIGHT NOW ON THE SPOT! I had to do something, they said. No excuse whatsoever would be accepted anymore. Someone MUST listen. Someone MUST stand up and stop this madness.
They assembled in front of me with their banners and all the evidence they had collected. Because they were just dolls, there was not much they could do, they said, but they could protest, and that was exactly what they were going to do – long and loudly! This time it was not going to be a nice bedtime fairy tale, not even a scary one. This time it would be a demonstration! And they would shout, shout and scream as loudly as they could. They were not willing to forget anything, not to forgive anything, not to turn back, nothing at all. They were determined to simply stand there, stand as long as it takes. If necessary, to stand until they too were destroyed. This was not a kid’s play. This time it was for real!
I managed to take a photo of them and I show it here for you, followed by what each of them had to say. Read their documentation. But I must warn you, reading the documentation will require a great deal of courage and honesty. Harden your heart.
If you are organizing an event about children’s rights one day, the dolls may be willing to join and support you. Contact me and I will ask them.
Their demonstration took place during the Maailma kylässä – World Village festival in Helsinki on the 23rd-24th of May 2015.
Below is a list of what each of them had to say. Click on their images. For a brief moment, you will be able to share their commitment, their courage and their grief.
This is what I want!
Support girls’ right to quality education
You stole our sea!
Environmental problems in Senegal
You stole our land!
Concerns of Young Indigenous Australians
I want to live like you have done!
Chinese couple sold their baby daughter to buy an iPhone
In Afghanistan, Fathers Barter Daughters to Settle Drug Debts
Child trafficking a long-standing problem in China
We need new homes and schools!
Children and Climate Change in Mongolia
How can you live with this lie!
Spain’s stolen babies and the families who lived a lie
Spain’s Stolen-Babies Scandal: Empty Graves and a Silent Nun
Pious Demons: Spanish Baby-Snatching Victims Seek Answers and Justice
Go away! Leave me alone!