(Please be warned – the link above is to CNN – it includes a video that plays the recording of the 911 call in which Saiqa Akhter describes how she killed her two year-old daughter and five year-old son. Please do NOT play it around children.)
There are no words to describe the horror of what this woman did to her precious babies.
There are no words to adequately condemn the murder of two innocent souls.
There are no words to contain the grief that we feel for those beautiful children.
There are words, however for what we can do for one another as a community of those who care for children, particularly those who do not fall into the category of the ‘normal children’ that this woman thought she wanted.
We can support one another. We can show those who don’t see the beauty that accompanies the challenges that there is joy in this life. That there is sweetness and faith and celebration and grace in raising a child – or children – with autism.
We can rise above our divisions and come together as a community – a welcoming, respectful, compassionate community that promises to hold each other up through the darkest days.
We can continue to tell our stories.
… to demystify autism.
… to reclaim the word and to reveal the incredible PEOPLE behind it.
… to open the curtains and illuminate the full spectrum of people who stand behind them.
… to personalize our stories – our children’s stories.
… to make people understand that difference is not just OK, but necessary to our survival.
… to get immediate help for those who live far beyond the realm of simple ‘difference’.
… to address the greatest fears of parents – by creating a system that will not just house our children, but will CARE for them when we are gone.
… to find out why autism diagnoses continue to explode.
… to change that.
There are no words for what this woman did. In no sphere through which my mind can travel is there any possible explanation for this monstrosity. Those children deserved a life. They deserved comfort and safety and protection and joy. They didn’t get it.
There are no words.
If you need support, please, please click on the links below to find local autism resource networks.
There is no more noble act than reaching out for help.