Ok, where to start...
I was watching the news the other day and I was absolutely appalled. The recent earthquake to hit Asia has been totally devastating. 80,000 people
have already been killed by the earthquake that struck on October 8th 2005. Kofi Annan describes the quake as;
The scale of this tragedy almost defies our darkest imagination
So we get the idea, this is big, millions of people are at risk from the coming winter months where temperatures across the affected region will drop
to un-liveable temperatures, remembering how many people have been left homeless.
So what's being done about it? Not enough.
Well it seems the world is too busy worrying about bird flu, something that we don't even know is going to effect us. Yes it is a scary thought and
yes it could really mess us up, but the point is the earthquake has already hit Asia and has already killed people and many many more people are still
at risk. Put down the bird flu dossier and let's go help people who actually need the help, right not. If things don't step up a pace it will be too
late, there’s no "hold on we did that bit wrong lets go back and donate a bit more" because people will be already be dead.
Watching the news I saw coverage of bird flu non-stop;
'What should we do?'
'How to be prepared'
'We're all doomed'
Why isn't there non-stop coverage pledging for more donations to the emergency relief fund? Because if it doesn't effect us we don't care. Sounds
harsh but I really can't think of any alternative suggestions.
When we see the Middle East on the news we see nothing but war, disaster and death. The media is controlled and broadcasts what we want to see. Seeing
images and videos of the middle east being a war-stricken disaster zone it makes us think "wow we're lucky to be living here, I'm glad we're not
over there", people in Africa and countries struck by famine are made out to look alienated to us, they are still human beings - they are the same
as you an I
. Unfortunately things aren’t shown to us like that, if they were we're start to give a dam, and we can't have that now can we?