The faces you refuse to see


You can look the other way when you see her feed her children out of a trash can
You can pretend that they eat three square meals and happily live in poverty

Too bad you cannot know a mother's anguish when she loses her child to an illness

Or when she gives him away because she cannot feed him


You can question the figures

You can deny the causes of their death

But you cannot bring back the life of a woman who bleeds to death

You cannot hide the pain of a family who just lost their mother


These are the faces of the women who know

They and the women who have died are the data you choose to ignore

When will you see their faces?

When will you listen to their stories?


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*The poem/speech was written by Sen. Pia Cayetano. I first heard it from Dr. Esperanza Cabral, former Health Secretary, when she delivered a lecture on Investing in Human Capital through Reproductive Health. This was during our 3rd Cities Convention last 18 Nov.

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felix felicis: The faces you refuse to see

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The faces you refuse to see


You can look the other way when you see her feed her children out of a trash can
You can pretend that they eat three square meals and happily live in poverty

Too bad you cannot know a mother's anguish when she loses her child to an illness

Or when she gives him away because she cannot feed him


You can question the figures

You can deny the causes of their death

But you cannot bring back the life of a woman who bleeds to death

You cannot hide the pain of a family who just lost their mother


These are the faces of the women who know

They and the women who have died are the data you choose to ignore

When will you see their faces?

When will you listen to their stories?


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*The poem/speech was written by Sen. Pia Cayetano. I first heard it from Dr. Esperanza Cabral, former Health Secretary, when she delivered a lecture on Investing in Human Capital through Reproductive Health. This was during our 3rd Cities Convention last 18 Nov.

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