Among Refugees, Mothers and Children Must Always Come First

| July 17, 2010 | 1 Comment
Muslim Refugee Women

Source: REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

In the plight of people, especially refugees, we must always, always do what we can to protect women and children first. This is without question and without compromise. The condition of a woman in a third-world mindset is one of the greatest cruelties, especially if she is a mother, and worse if she is a refugee. 


We easily forget there’s a world outside ourselves.
We feel it’s easy to say “no” when things don’t go our way.
But for some women, things have been awry for thousands of years before her days.

Scarred and torn, scared and left worse for wear –
No one gives her a half stare,
Or even a quick glance letting her know they secretly care.

Who cares of her worries and fears?
Who looks closely to find her sweat mixed with hot tears?

For them her dreams are playthings, her worries not real.
No one cares that her wounds do not heal.
Some fight caste systems with all their might.
But they forget the caste system of the mind.

In their silence, she bears great burdens.
The maiden voyage made in the Garden of Good and Evil.


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Shireen Qudosi is a Top 10 North American Muslim Reformer. She founded Qudosi Chronicles shortly after 9-11 when she noticed a widespread failure in honest conversations about Islam. Since it’s launch, Qudosi Chronicles has developed a broad and diverse following that has helped spark Muslim reform. Shireen is half Pakistani, half Afghan and a Sufi American Muslim who feels strongly that Islam is fated for an evolutionary leap in consciousness. And that leap is necessary in order for a global world of people to take the next collective step in advancing human dignity and excellence.

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  1. Adam says:

    But why, men produce more economic output. Women and children are cost burdens to society.

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