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SIXTEEN CHILDREN
by Selia Qynn 4/89

16 children every minute,
So many more are hungry still,
16 children every minute
Will never know the thrill
Of a life that's rich in wonder,
And feeling satisfied;
'Cause every single minute,
16 more of them have died.

16 children every minute,
Little angels from above,
Are giving us the chance
To reach out our hands in love.
16 children every minute
Are not hungry anymore.
They've gone away 'cause no one heard
Their knock upon the door.

Have we fallen fast asleep here?
Is there no one who will wake?
And answer in the darkest night,
And give a child a break?
What has it come to on this planet?
Are we all so needy here?
That we turn away at this request,
Coiling back in fear?

While the little hands are reaching,
And hungry babies cry;
Asking in the universal language,
"Give me life. Give me life! Give me LIFE!

16 children every minute,
Little angels from above,
Are giving us the chance
To reach out our hands in love.

16 children every minute,
How many when this song is sung?
How many lives are over
Before they have begun?