World Aids Day
A BBC report on a village in South Africa (4 mins)
A reflection and prayer about children affected by AIDS
To play, to learn, to have food and health.
To be loved, secure and safe.
These are the rights of every child,
rights robbed by a virus and
robbed twice over in countries crippled by debt
and paralysed by trade rules designed to benefit the rich and powerful.
Loving God, vanquish our complacency
at our injustice to these your children.
Remove all traces of empty conscience-salving charity.
Make us, instead, committed to sharing our resources –
your resources – with those who need them most;
to seeking in justice to remove the debt burdens of the poorest,
to working tirelessly
so that all your children might know again
the joys of playing, learning, living,
loving and being loved.