[Originally published July 22, 2013 – reposted April 23, 2018]
A boy was born today, a very special boy. He was born to no fanfare save that of his father celebrating in a Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, hospital. He was born hours ago, but we still do not know his name. Why? Where are the news media?
What a royal future this boy has. He can expect to live to be 54 years old. And according to this U.S. State Department report, he may encounter a few problems along the way. “The Republic of the Congo is a source and destination country for children, men, and women subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. The majority of children trafficked within the country migrate from rural to urban areas to serve as domestic workers for relatives or family friends. Some child trafficking victims are also subjected to forced labor in stone quarries, bakeries, and the fishing and agricultural sectors, including in cocoa fields in the Sangha Department.”
Should he survive his childhood, and if he is quite thrifty (the annual spending per person in Republic of Congo is $558), this Congolese man may be able to travel to Great Britain someday, to meet the King who shares his birthday. If he happens to be there when it is the King’s birthday, he may be lucky enough to hear the bells of Westminster Abbey ring, and he can pretend that they are ringing for him.