Henda was the fourth of five sisters born in a small Burmese township of 1,000 people. It was a normal Burmese town filled with drug trafficking, tribal banter, and a deep-seated hatred typical of the region. Henda’s family was prohibited from trafficking drugs due to local interests, which eventually gave them no choice outside of poverty. When Henda graduated from 6th grade at 11 years of age, her teachers – representing government interests – offered a “promising” army program to study medicine and electronics. With dreams of rescuing her family from their current poverty, she signed up and was force recruited into a dance troupe owned by the local military base. She spent the next 4 years as a slave.
When we interviewed Henda and listened to her experiences with violence and hardship, the pain her memories inflicted was clear. She worked the fields or did military drills all day, and then danced in the evenings. Food was always rationed and in short supply. The cost of making one mistake was mandatory beating by all the other children with sticks and belts. (Further punishment was given to those who didn’t participate.) Boys over 10 (who could carry guns) were given access to alcohol, drugs and were fed meat. Girls were not. They had to work in the fields with the younger boys, and were sometimes used as prostitutes even though the soldiers generally already had wives. Henda fled the army at risk to her life when she was 16. She couldn’t return home because the army knew where she lived and harassed her family. By the time we connected with her, she had fled the country.
Tragically, many with a similar history of poverty and armed conflict are not as fortunate to escape. Project: AK-47 exists for children in Henda’s former position. It uses education programs for local communities to secure the release and care of their child soldiers. Our hope is to see many more children in compromised positions find a life with another choice outside of soldiering or slavery. You can give others like Henda hope by joining Project: AK-47 $7 monthly rescue and care campaign. Henda and kids like her are part of our world and we can do something positive to make a difference that counts!
1 thought on “FEATURED RESCUE: Meet Henda.”
Dear Lord, may your Holy Spirit pour forth His words through me as I speak to others tomorrow about fasting for these suffering children. Please do your supernatural work in these evil days so that hearts are softened and you can lead your people forward out of selfishness and into loving others and loving Jesus. Thank you for your goodness which never ceases, thank you for your rescue of Henda and others. Thank you for the dreams and visions that you send to the children still in these destructive places on earth. Make your name known among these and among the soldiers Lord, send forth your truth and your light and equip your people to reflect greater amounts of your lovely and powerful character. Draw many to yourself and your ways. You are our only hope and theirs. amen. BYEU
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