Or is it not important because they are not *our* children
Of course it is important. The war in Uganda is a 23 year war. Approximately 1 million people are still displaced. The LRA troops were abducted as children. My children, no. But do I care, yes.
As a whole, I would say that western society does not care. They pretend to care, but there is very little public pressure on governments to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan - suggesting that society is generally supportive of the use of military resources to gain resources instead of protecting human rights and welfare. Didn't Bush and Blair give "human rights" as the reason between the invasion of Iraq? If that were the case, we would have been in Sierre Leonne, Zimbabwe, Congo..... a very long time ago.....
Afghanistan is a particularly glaring example, as I believe they are something like second to the bottom on lists of poor countries
But they are self sufficient, nobody was starving in Afghanistan. They have some extreme religious views, but people had food. They sold opium to pay for food of course, but Americans and British sell other means of death.... like guns.... in Africa the problems are largely distribution of wealth. They are the ones that need police forces, governments, infrastructure introduced to fight corruption.
My point really was that if you wanted to stop people supporting either the Taliban or the Warlords, how about building a school, a hospital, a generator, and well or water purification plant in every district -- and using the military to defend them -- tacit support for these extremists might look very different if people were getting Dutch, or Canadian, medical treatment, vaccinations, etc.
it is an international emergency indeed, children are dying because they dont have anything to eat too in different parts of the world, thats sad
Look up the organization "Invisible Children"
It'll change your belief that people don't pitch in.
Specifically young people are represented in this particular organization.
I know that people pitch in. But it is not as if people do not know about these issues. If there are two billion people in the West, and half of them helped out, that would be a billion people: do you think there are a billion people pitching in?
It's a problem everywhere, not just the 3rd world countries. Right in our own back yard and that is unacceptable!
It's unacceptable. But in the West at least you can give your child a cup of water and be pretty sure it's not full of worms, or worse, that it won't kill them -- and you don't have to go three hours' walk to get it. You also don't have defecate into a plastic bag and throw it on a heap every time you want to use the washroom. These are shocking, shocking things...
Yes it's shocking all over. How did their governments let it get so bad?? Where are they? The west has their own problems let alone everyone else's. Maybe and I hate to say it these countries need to practice birth control if they can't feed their children, why punish the kids like that!
Well, it is clear the governments are corrupt or inadequate, in many cases -- that doesn't mean the people should be left to suffer.
Same goes for the children. My title refers to the welfare of children, not adults. If a family uses birth control and has one child, they still have to feed that child, they still have to give that child water. They still have wash that child. They still have to give that child shoes. When you have one dollar a day to live on, even one child can barely be supported -- or are you saying that four billion people do not have the right to have even a single child?
What a completely ignorant post, many of these Africans live on less money per day than it costs to buy a condom. They are the victims of the west.
How did it happen?
Disorganized government, lack of substantial government, resistance to the government, lack of funding, lack of education... lots of reasons.
I'm sure it is quite difficult to practice birth control when sex is a part of the culture, rape is common, and you've never seen or heard of a condom, and birth control pills is out of the question.
And let's face it, where is sex *not* part of the culture .
And you could supply everyone in Africa an endless supply of free condoms (of course Bush and right wingers wouldn't go for that... so....), but these people still can't eat condoms. They still end up with no income even if you give them free condoms...
It depends on what you mean by "pitching in"
There is always room to do more.
I just think that 80 percent of people do nothing. That could be wrong. But I'm pretty sure it's right, at least roughly.
I don't know anyone who doesn't do some form of "giving". But a lot of my friends are involved in IC. I think the 80% may be a bit high. However like I said, everyone should do more.
But there are several more organizations that do amazing work. My wish: each person picked a cause and worked toward that cause to see that they make a difference. It is so easy to get involved, and it helps your life in ways you can't imagine. But I guess once you know the truth, it is very difficult to not do something.
ahh those . i thought maybe they were the 41 million abortions that occur worldwide every year . my bad
Are you seriously saying that because abortion is a horror (and I am not completely unsympathetic here), that therefore another horror should not be paid attention to?
Would you rather your little girl was aborted or died of measles? The question is absurd!!!!!
no i see a valid question there. my answer is measles. and just a fyi . ive had a child of mine aborted without my consent or knowledge. by a woman i was married to at the time.
to me our only hope for humanity lies within our children.they are what matters most in life i think . im heart wrenched knowing of the sad statistics of the times concerning child mortality rates worldwide every year. i have a hub titled accidental life saving . it should help clarify my feelings on the subject
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