News Confusion.

July 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm 7 comments

The news today has been shocking for me. Two stories in particular stand out.

The first story is the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa. Crops are failing, livestock dying and, for those living  this nightmare hope is heartbreakingly absent. I did blog on Somalia last week but the problem is more widespread with Ethiopia in crisis too. We all remember the stories that prompted Live Aid. It is hard to believe that this was 1985 and we are heading back into the same kind of crisis 26 years later.

Watching the news this morning one section of the report brought it home, causing me to stop in my tracks. One mother realised her six children were in severe danger and knew her only chance was to walk her family many miles to reach a refugee camp. However, as they walked her children became weaker and could not go on. This amazing woman who was herself starving did one of the bravest things I have ever heard. She left four children to wait and carried two at a time to make progress. She then returned back to carry two more, repeating this again and again until she made it to the refugee camp with all of her children. I cannot think of any better example of the power and sheer will spurred by love.

The other news story is one that broke this evening. It is alleged that an investigator who did a lot of work for a Sunday tabloid hacked into the mobile phone of Milly Dowler after her disappearance. If this is true then I am lost for words. Legalities aside, this is a truly abhorrent act. We do not know all the facts as yet but one thing is very clear to me. The family of this poor young girl may have been given false hope as a result of messages being deleted to create space for more voicemails. Imagine the torment, fearing for the worst and seizing on anything that brings the slightest light to the darkest of times. This to me is the worst thing of all.

I can say no more today but this. Tomorrow I will donate to Save the Children. I don’t talk much about my own donations as I don’t think that is what should prompt anyone else to donate. However, this is one time that I think we all need to help.

I close with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.


Entry filed under: Blogging, Children, Donating, Drought, Famine, Giving, Save the Children, wheniwas8. Tags: , , , , , , , .

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim Barker  |  July 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    For what it’s worth, I give £22 a month to Oxfam, and have given monthly to them for years. I don’t like to talk about my charity work, obviously. ;P

    • 2. Jim Barker  |  July 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Oh, and when I was 8 I wanted to be Dr Who’s assistant or someone who invented things.

      • 3. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Well Jim,

        What can I say. A fine and noble ambition to be Dr. Who’s assistant. You were obviously a much braver 8 year-old than I was, I spent my time behind the sofa hiding every time I saw a Dalek!

        On a more serious note, thank you so much for writing to me on the blog. Oxfam do make such a difference to the lives of so many children and their families.

        For monthly donations I add six month’s of donations to the blog and am delighted to say that you have added to the totals by £132. I will update the blogtotals at the weekend and will add your comment to the ‘Comments’ page.

        I am sorry I never saw you working with the Doctor but am chuffed to bits that you took the time to write to me, thank you again.

        Take care,

        Lesley xx

  • 4. @LadyMaryan  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Lesley,

    there is so many heart-breaking news like that, not only abroad but also in our own countries, that we should try not to close our eyes for 364 days and donate on one occasion because of a TV show. Of course, this is better than nothing, but doesn’t help enough. It’s a means to settle our feelings of guilt because we live in abundance and can’t decide which we get first: An i-pad or a flat screen TV – or maybe both though?

    So, why should you not tell in your blog that you are donating to a charity? Even if you prompt others to do the same, it’s not a bad thing, is it?

    Claudia xx

    • 5. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Claudia,

      In my mind I do walk a fine line. I don’t want to be seen as nagging or ‘guilting’ anyone into action – even though sometimes I think it would be the right thing to do. However, when I see news reports like those on the drought and impending famine I feel I have no choice.

      On this occasion I don’t think it is wrong to ask, it is wrong not to. I did make my donation and have joined the Save the Chilldren campaign groups. If I can make a difference by writing an email I am happy to do so.

      I agree with you, we have too much and so many have so little. While I can, I will try to help and I hope that others will feel the same.

      Thank you and take care.

      Lesley xxx

  • 6. iainmonty  |  July 5, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Lesley, you have expressed this better than I could, and said what I would have liked to say.

    Thank you.


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