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Taken some distance away from its tribe and in isolation chained to a tree, the young elephant is brutally weaned from its mother. A giant chain linking a tender ankle to the trunk of a tree traps the elephant and no matter how desperately it tries to break free from its bondage, it cannot. Crying piteously for its mother, hungry and alone, the elephant begins bonding with the handler who chained it to the tree. Day after day, the elephant is fed, bathed, cared for by its captor. As the man and beast bond, the size of the chain is gradually reduced. Smaller and smaller still. If you go to an elephant show in Thailand, you will likely see these gentle giants roaming freely, dragging behind them a small garden stake tied to their ankle with a small piece of bailing twine. It is the twine and the stake that make the captivity most insidious.
If the elephant’s handler plants that stake in the ground, the elephant believes it cannot move. In fact, unless its handler comes back for it, the elephant will stay in the same place until it dies of dehydration or starvation. The elephant does not know its own power.
Survivors of human trafficking have been isolated, they have been brutalized. They have been nourished by and bonded to the ones who hold them in bondage. Red light districts around the world are full of young boys and girls who no longer dream of lives elsewhere. If they ever knew, they have forgotten that they are made in the image of God. Trained in some of the most brutal ways imaginable, these survivors do not know their own power. For adult survivors, the chains have gotten smaller over time, but their bondage has often grown greater precisely because they do not know that they are free.
We use the image of the elephant, not to suggest an equal correlation between humans and animals, but because the elephant reminds us of an untapped courage. The elephant is fierce, it is strong, it is gentle, it is meant to be free; so are we.
This t-shirt is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
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