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Apparently, now, it is not IF, it is WHEN and it breaks my heart

Yes, such is the world we now live in. 
It is not a matter of IF your young child will be exposed to pornography in some form or the other, I understand it is now a matter of WHEN. This makes me so sad but thinking about it, I am not surprised. Just take a look around you. Everywhere you go, there is soft porn all over the place. Call me a prude but women dress almost half naked to church in the name of God sees my heart; you cannot watch the television for two hours straight without being assailed by some form of near nudity or the other; I doubt you can listen to the radio for one full day without something non PG-rated hitting you through the sound waves. Even some of the commercials are suggestive. And sadly, as I have just found out, even our school play grounds and corridors are filled with children who now think that "Porn is Fun".
* my heart breaks*
When my LBS was being bullied in his school, I approached the Head of School. He passed me to the Chairman of PTA (Don…
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Now, Healing Can Begin...

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#JusticeForShola: In Case CNNiReport Does Not Pick My Story

What really happened to Oluwashola Atunrayo Gaska (nee Adefolalu)? 

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Sholly was Human and That's ALL that should matter!

Jesus, please give me strength!

What a world we live in. What does it matter if Sholly is Nigerian and/or Polish? One way or another, at least one country should be concerned. Why this back and forth? Why is her nationality so critical at this point?
She was human!!!!
And that's what should matter to both Governments! A human being has died under suspicious circumstances and we are asking you to CARE. For once. Please.
My tummy churns at the insinuations that Sholly married for 'paper'. What? As far as I know, you only have to live in Poland for 2/3 years to apply for citizenship. She'd lived there at least 8/9 years before she met and married Kuba. I think she could have sorted herself out if she wanted to.
And even if she did marry for papers, does that make it OK for all that has happened? I shake my head at some of the things I've heard from people who should know better.... and I just thank my stars that my hope and trust is in the Almighty God alone.
Because…

Let Your Love Be Wise - My Salt post on Pulse.ng

I am on a journey that I know I will be on for the rest of my life. What I am doing right now is one step towards that destination that I know will be forever-shifting. The word ‘pain’ has lost its meaning to me. What I feel is an emotion there is no word for. Still, to that emotion I am feeling, I must give purpose. My sister will not die in vain. So, dear African sister of mine married to a non-African, please read this and act. In your action, by God’s grace, I will begin to find purpose to my loss. Please click here for the full post. If this makes sense to you, please share it far and wide. Especially with your sisters and friends married to non-Africans. This is me, trying to find some purpose to my pain. This is me trying to make sure my sister does not die for nothing. Help me. Please. Blessings!
#JusticeForSholly #FindingPurposeInMyPain