Where does it hurt?

Where does it hurt?

Small-globe-with-plaster 

Remember your parents asking you that question when you were young, when you had just fallen off your bike, or out of a tree?

My parents don’t really ask me that question anymore but when I saw an article in SoulPancake with that same title, I thought I’d have a look online to see where it hurts in the world today.

It doesn’t make for happy reading, I’m afraid…

 

On Black Lives Matter:

http://artistsagainstpoliceviolence.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/issa-rae-alton-sterling-scholarship_us_577d5dd5e4b0344d514da6e6

https://www.gofundme.com/2d55v9g

http://www.ted.com/playlists/250/talks_to_help_you_understand_r

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahgiorgis/lineage?utm_term=.brJpwrnxP&sub=4307086_9173626#.xwanVmEYG

“Black Lives Matter: A Fairy Tale” by @JoelakaMaG https://medium.com/@JoelakaMaG/black-lives-matter-a-fairy-tale-272356f947c2#.wuf0no3y0

 

On The War on Terror:

People are really not happy

Timeline of the War on Terror

Poetry of the War on Terror

 

On Syria:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26116868

http://www.wfp.org/emergencies/syria

http://america.aljazeera.com/topics/topic/event/syria-war.html

http://www.iamsyria.org/conflict-background.html

 

On Palestine/Israel:

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelWC/

https://www.gofundme.com/matchfinepalestine

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/20436092

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/gee, thanks America!

“U.S. Involvement

Largely due to special-interest lobbying, U.S. taxpayers give Israel an average of $8 million per day, and since its creation have given more U.S. funds to Israel than to any other nation.[17] As Americans learn about how Israel is using our tax dollars, many are calling for an end to this expenditure.”

http://www.vice.com/read/israels-war-on-gaza-is-it-genocide-813

 

On Ethiopia:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/ethiopian-feyisa-lilesa-makes-powerful-020454788.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons&soc_trk=fb

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/09/489361682/nearly-100-dead-after-anti-government-protests-in-ethiopia

http://www.voanews.com/a/eritrea-accuses-ethiopia-contemplating-full-scale-war/3386586.html

 

On Myanmar:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/myanmar/

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/destination/myanmar

 

In Afghanistan:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/afghanistan/

Civilians killed with ISIS members in airstrikes

 

On Yemen:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/key-facts-war-yemen-160607112342462.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/

 

On Central Africa:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13150044

https://www.thenation.com/article/central-african-republics-forgotten-crisis/

 

On Nigeria:

FACTSHEET: Explaining Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its violent insurgency

http://www.aljazeera.com/topics/organisations/boko-haram.html

 

On Europe:

http://www.cbsnews.com/europe-terror/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/31/europe/isis-attacks-escalating-europe/

 

On Turkey:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/28/europe/turkey-istanbul-airport-attacks/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/22/asia/turkey-gaziantep-blast/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/28/turkey-airport-explosions-ataturak-istanbul

 

On Iran:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iran-terrorist-attack-plans-1.3643010

http://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-foils-terrorist-plot-to-bomb-targets-across-the-country-1466417556

 

On Iraq:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/04/middleeast/baghdad-car-bombs/

Take a rare glimpse into lives after ISIS attacks

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-16/baghdad-just-suffered-iraqs-worst-terror-attack-us-led-invasion-and-weve-already

 

So why have I shared all the above with you?

It’s because I want you to know how lucky you are that you are just reading and watching these stories unfold from the safe distance of your laptop, in whatever country you currently reside.

I want you to know that there is so much more out there than just you, that you are not alone, that there are millions of other people out there suffering just as much, if not more than you.

One cannot really compare one person’s pain with another, but one can indeed empathise, or at the very least, sympathise.

What can I do to help with any of these situations?

Honestly, I do not know. I always feel completely helpless when reading and watching news stories unfold. I have made some small choices about how I can help from my tiny part of the world. I can’t get on a plane and just fly out there and offer my services – I’ve tried it before, and they just don’t know what to do with me. I have tried to apply for jobs with charities, but I have found they are quite elitist and unless I have 5-10 years experience working in relief situations, my CV won’t even be considered.

I take part in fundraising campaigns, as and when the needs arise, such as with the refugee crisis and camp in Calais, or promoting the appeal for Celtic Fans in support of Palestine.

I donate clothes and time and energy, wherever I can.

But it never feels like it is enough.

Because I never see what I do make a dent in any of the situations about which I read.

I was introduced by an acquaintance to a website called Kiva – please pay it a visit to find out more. Here, I can genuinely see to whom my money is going, and on what it will be spent. I even get an update now and again. It makes me feel happy to know that I can help people in disadvantaged parts of the world just by providing a communal donation. It means I’m helping to change someone’s life for the better. It means that someone out there has an opportunity in front of them, that didn’t exist before.

I may not be able to save the world from itself. But I can support and encourage those who are willing to help themselves – and that, in itself, is a blessing.

Jojo xx

 

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One thought on “Where does it hurt?

  1. You are a beacon of hope for humanity. What an amazing post! I have seen the anguish and have tried, and even I as a physician, am unable to do anything towards going to these fronts and helping, because once they know how old I am, they deny my application. Personally, I think the entire world [problem stems from the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. The nations are so sick of seeing the treatment of the Palestinians that insurgence of militants occurs. I personally think that if Israel were to relent and give the Palestinians their land and their autonomy with their self respect, I think the hatred towards the west will die down, and there will be peace.
    Thank you for the generosity of your willing spirit to spread love and peace. Blessings to you.
    Zakiah.

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