Widlene Earle will turn thirteen in a few short weeks. Widlene has seen more atrocities in the first twelve years of her life than most of us will ever see with our own eyes.
She has experienced loss and rejection on a level that I cannot ever personally comprehend.
One year ago I shared Widlene’s plight in the Dominican Republic. Her adopted father, Vaden Earle – a Canadian missions worker in the DR who first met Widlene on a garbage dump – was working to bring Widlene home to Canada. Read that story here… WIDLENE EARLE: DEAR MR TRUDEAU Over the past year, numerous promises were made by the Prime Minister to assist Widlene. Nothing has been done. Nothing.
Scared For Her Life
In the country where she was born, she is not welcomed and is scared for her life.
She has had police officers threaten to deport her unless she performed sexually at the age of eleven and hears lewd remarks hurled at her on a near daily basis. She has been bullied at school for being the kid that no country wants. In the country of her ancestry, she has no future.
They will not receive her because she wasn’t born there and she is one of 750,000 people that are “Haitian” stateless.
And in Canada, she is just another number who has gotten buried under a pile of red tape and government hypocrisy.
Widlene Earle’s Nightmare
Vaden Earle brought me into Widlene’s world – “Imagine having your citizenship robbed by a corrupt government and unjust law.
Then imagine having your ancestry denied by a different corrupt government riddled by extreme poverty.
Now imagine having your fate decided by a government who are more concerned with selfies than humans beings.
To Widlene, Canada is a fairy tale. It is a far away land that she has heard about for most of her life. It is a place where the leader promised to help her but had absolutely no intention of doing so.
It is a place where that kind of behavior is tolerated, if not rewarded.”
Why Don’t They Want Me In Canada?
“Daddy, let’s just forget about Canada and find another country to go to.”
“Daddy, why don’t they want me in Canada?”
“Why are they allowed to lie about helping us on TV and no one makes them do it?”
How is Widlene doing through all of this? How would you be doing?
She is beaten but not defeated. Her skin is thick and her spirit strong. If Widlene Earle ever demands a safe space it will be from exploitation, deportation or gunfire, not because someone hurt her feelings.
Widlene will not ask for special treatment, but she will demand justice.
I am confounded by my government’s process that will prevent a vulnerable child from being brought to Canada where she will not be a burden to our society. She has a loving family. A place to live. Widlene will be supported. She will be a blessing.
I am befuddled by bureaucracy that prefers to settle former ISIS fighters or illegal border crossers onto Canadian soil.
Widelene is smart. She’s gifted. She would be a friend of Canada for life. I believe one day she will be in Canada but at what price to her?
And at what cost to justice?
Take a Risk
Widlene is for me, the boys and coach of the Thai soccer team – trapped underground, in desperate need of rescue, with time running out on air supply – and she needs a world of people to take a risk and rally round her. And risk their lives to save her.
I will be one more person in the world added to the team that is coming to Widlene’s rescue.
Will you join me?
APPLICATION: What can you do? Visit Vaden Earle’s website. Watch the videos. Sign the petition. Call your MP. Email your MP. Pray for additional ideas. Be prepared to donate as process becomes available.
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