We settled in on Saturday night to finally watch “Slumdog Millionaire” on DVD. I knew it won a bunch of Oscars, I knew it was set in India, and I knew they lived in the slums.
However, I didn’t expect (probably stupidly) the amount of heartwrenching violence and sadness that these poor children endured growing up in the movie.
Here’s a plot summary if you haven’t seen it. (Spoiler Alert – it gives all the details!)
While I know the “Slumdog Millionaire” story is fictional, sadly I am certain there are thousands of children around the world being sold, traded, abused, forced into slavery, prostitution and to beg on the streets. I’m also certain there are orphaned children living on the streets trying to take care of themselves just as the film depicted.
After crying my way through the movie, I picked my baby up from her crib and brought her into our bed for the night. I just wanted to hold her and love her. I was so sad for the children that don’t have a parent to take care of them!
I dreamed about these poor children all night long, went to church thinking about them and cried in the car on the way to the Home Depot talking about it with Michael.
Then as I was searching for topic to write about I came across a story in an Australian newspaper about thousands of baby girls being stolen and sold in China. (The new trend – steal the girl babies!) More tears! More sadness!
Are all mothers this sensitive to bad things happening to children? After giving birth to each child, I would avoid violent shows and books because they upset me, but I gave birth two years ago. Do you just try not to think about all the children suffering in the world?
Did “Slumdog Millionaire” depress you too?
Many of us are so blessed here in the States, what can mothers do to help children elsewhere? It is our responsibility? Do you sponsor a child through a charity? Does it really get to the children? What overseas charities have you found to be reputable?