Monday, January 24, 2005

There's a whole lot more going on

So I was watching Oprah today (of course) and it was about what's going on right now in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had no idea. Do you? It's truly horrific. Lisa Ling described it as the worst place on earth, and points out that no other news media would let her go report it, except Oprah (see why I love her so much!) Remember Rwanda, when over a million people were murdered? This is right by Rwanda and nearly 4 million people (if I remember correctly) have been murdered so far. And every day women are being brutally tortured and raped. It's just complete chaos over there (to say the least) and yet no one seems to care.
Check out the top 10 underreported humanitarian news stories of 2004 for this and other stories that just aren't making the radar for our news media here.

And I loved Lynn Heinisch's column on "selective generosity." (Why are we giving so much to the tsunami tragedy, but giving nothing to the tragedies that have been going on for years in Africa?) You know the deal, go to to get the login and password.

And here's an excellent article on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: "Never Again?Without urgent action, we'll be watching Hotel Congo in 2014"

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Blogger friday said...

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11:40 AM  
Blogger friday said...

on the topic of "selective generosity"...we had this discussion in class last night...why do we get so charitable for others in tragic situations when we have tradgedy as well...why are there no telethons for the kids with no warm clothes or sub-standard housing??? Why? Because it isn't as know...saying "oh, i gave X amount of dollars to those poor helpless souls in such and such situation" sounds way better than "i helped the old man down the street pay for electricity"...why didn't more people get pissed off when the salvation army wasn't allowed to ring their bell...why aren't there coffee cans devoted to domestic relief all year-round at the grocery stores? why does it all have to be fancied up into a such-and-such-month promotion-type-of-thing? begins where? at home...hollywood needs to wise up as well...since they are all so into prancing their good deeds around...we can put on the facade of being a caring, generous nation but really who are we kidding...sadly, only ourselves. you know, it is almost like bad gossip, "oh, did you hear what happened to so-and-so...i feel so bad for them" when secretly you are saying it only to hide your own imperfections...'fess up kids! we all do it. not to say we shouldn't care about the atrocities that are happening globally, we certainly should, and we should help if able of course...but we shouldn't do it for publicity or to trump another's charity...but we should show the same concern for our own...

11:46 AM  
Blogger friday said...

Freedom: 27 Liberty:15

11:49 AM  
Blogger acakai said...

Oh, that sounds like a good class discussion. I would love to hear what you all came up with.
I think that so many people have the idealistic yet not quite true perception that "if you work hard, you can succeed..." but of course there are lots of people in this country who are working hard that can't survive. So I think if there were efforts to say, help the old man down the street pay his electric bill, people have these false assumptions that he must not be working, and lazy, "he can work just like me..." blah, blah and therefore won't want to help.
Also, I think some people see what's happening globally as much more in need of help than people here, therefore that's why they help over there rather than over here. It depends on where one's priorities lie-but it's completely subjective to compare such different problems. I don't think there's really a right or wrong as far as where people should help out, and I appreciate when people are able to, do in fact give, whether it's their time, money, etc.
As for celebrities prancing around their good deeds, I think they should get a little more credit. I know I, too have seen celebrities who I didn't particularly like working with charitable orgs. but I thought, 'oh please, they don't know, they don't really care, it's just for publicity...' But I do think that some (and not just the ones I like) do truly care.

10:01 PM  
Blogger friday said...

interesting...but yet nobody said "oh those poor people over there, they should have known better and had some sort of warning system to give them the heads up"...of course not...because that sounds so why is it okay to say that about the guy whose company has refused to offer up health care coverage? "oh, well, he should have bought his own private coverage..."

11:26 PM  
Blogger acakai said...

Oh friday, so many questions! I don't have all the answers! Maybe because so many people are content in their own little worlds, oblivious to those around them.

4:01 PM  
Blogger friday said...

oh ice...i know you do not have all the answers...i am just being bitter and chose your house to do my ranting...i am not looking for the way, i think i had a dream about you last night...and why haven't you returned my phone call? you haven't already left us have you...not without a proper party you won't! yeah, so give me a ring...

10:14 AM  
Blogger Last Girl On Earth said...

Thanks so much for posting this. When I lived in London, it was so much easier to get the "real" news. Thank god for the internet.

And thanks so much for linking to me. I've blogmarked you now so that I can come over and visit more often. It's great to find such a smart and well written blog! See you soon

7:59 AM  

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