Syria; in my thoughts and prayers. May your dead rest in peace as you fight for freedom and Allah give you the strength to keep resisting.
For anyone who wishes to help, Avaaz has had an ongoing campaign since the uprisings first started. Avaaz is primarily an online campaign group and only 5 years old. You can sign up to support their campaigns at www.avaaz.org and you can also sign up to give £3 (GB)/month. Avaaz does not receive funding from governments or corporations; it’s funding only comes from its global network of over 14 million members. Avaaz was the only group to co-ordinate efforts on the ground in Syria and open smuggling networks to get $2million of blood bags, tetanus shots, respiratory machines and other medical supplies.
Flash flooding in the Philippines has claimed between 200 and 500 lives so far (depending on which news source you believe). If you think about it, that’s homes, schools, workplaces and people just washed away like they never existed. Rest in peace those gone, and to the survivors, my thoughts are with you.
Aid agencies have begun work already to try and save as many people as possible but they need our help. Please think about donating whatever little you can. You may well help to save someone’s life. What’s a new phone compared to that?
‘The Starving Boy and The Missionary.’ Wells felt indignant that the same publication that sat on his picture for five months without publishing it, while people were dying, entered it into a competition. He was embarrassed to win as he never entered the competition himself, and was against winning prizes with pictures of people starving to death. (World Press Photo of the Year: 1980 Mike Wells, United Kingdom. Karamoja district, Uganda, April 1980).