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(CNN) -- I have just returned from my latest trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Once again I found myself in one of the world's poorest countries; once again I held children with stick limbs and distended bellies.
Again, most of these children are without clean water, adequate food, basic health care and the opportunity for an education. Again, before they reach the age of five, many will die from preventable diseases.
Originally posted by traderjack
Hey, here's an idea. Stop listening to the Pope and quit having a thousand babies.
Originally posted by Jemison
I'm sorry but that post really ticked me off. Are you a US citizen? And out of curiosity, did you make a contribution after reading the article or did you feel that simply passing the information on to others fulfilled any obligation you may have personally felt to help those mentioned in the article that are suffering?
Most donations to charities are made via credit card. At the moment, credit card companies are so desperate, some of them are already lowering the credit limits on people's cards even if the person has perfect credit! This entire crisis is partially because financial institutions overextended themselves ... is now REALLY the time for people to, once again, hold out their hands to the American's, EXPECTING them to come in on a white horse and save the day?
I think this shows a blatant disregard for what ALL Amercians are currently experiencing, the fear of what is to come, and the uncertainty of what value, if any, our dollar will have when we wake up in the morning. More importantly, this totally dismisses the poverty and suffering that we have in our own country which is about to get DRAMATICALLY worse in the days and years to come.
Mia Farrow should be utterly ashamed of herself, if for no other reason, the money spent on her plane fare and helicopter tour alone could have gone a long way in feeding and vaccinating the children that she so desperately wants everyone else to take responsibility for.
I hope that if a celebrity says it, more people in the U.S. will pay attention.
But this visit was not to Africa. These are the grim realities for the people of Haiti, just one hour from the shores of the United States.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by TH3ON3
Just because they are close to our proximity.. we should be their own personal nanny?
What the hell do I care they are an "hour" away from the US, if they want to apply to be a state fine, but we have no obligation to support people for "being close to us" ...