Our baby girl. Carefree in her tropical fish romper. Making our hearts swell with every smile and coo and every grasp of our fingers.
Today Josephine and I have had a lazy day, with cuddles and kisses; warm milk and naps, and a trip into the village where she fell peacefully asleep in her pram. Sleeping soundly in the knowledge that I was there and that she was safe. Like all children should.
One week ago in Houla, Syria, almost 50 babies, toddlers and children were awoken from their slumber by men who had burst into their homes with knives and guns. Awoken from their dreams, crying for their parents. Until their cries were silenced, along with nearly 60 other men and women. Today, on June 1st, bloggers have united to bring awareness to this horrendous crime and to protest against such an atrocity.
I urge you to read this article and sign this petition to voice your anger too; to blog, tweet (#tippingpoint) or Facebook about it. For something like this should not be able to occur in our world, in our times, without consequence. Without mothers, women, mankind standing up and declaring that this has to stop.
You can read more of the facts, the politics and what is known about the massacre here and on June 10th you can join the protest in London. No matter how small, please do something to raise awareness if you can.
And tonight squeeze your babies extra tight, hold them extra close, and think of the mothers, fathers and families in Syria who are unable to do so anymore.