Time magazine has several lists highlighting the "Top Ten Everything of 2008" on its website. There was one picture that really touched me.
Photo Description: A woman sits with her legs crossed on the floor of a dark room. She is wearing a floor-length green dress with long sleeves. A long white scarf is lies loosely over her head and extends down to her elbows. Her face is turned to the left as she looks up. In her arms, she holds a small baby who is feeding from her partially-shown right breast.
The Time magazine caption reads, "Siamoy, an Afghan woman from remote Badakhshan province in Afghanistan, feeds her one-month old baby. The remote, mountain region has the highest maternity mortality rate in the world."
I keep thinking about the biblical story of Jesus' birth. Looking at this picture, I can't help but think about how it reminds me of the Nativity scenes that are so popular in our society this time of year. Mary and Jesus would have looked much like Siamoy and her baby. Our society celebrates the birth of Jesus and portrays Mary as holy and worthy of reverence and devotion. At the same time, many of the same people support the wars that have terrorized and killed so many women like Siamoy and her child.