The problem with the knees
Like life there comes a time when everything linked to charity, charitable donation, charity people become linked to Knee Jerk reactions. It’s 03.07 in the morning and I’ve just finished scrolling through my Facebook feed and all I see is article after article, comment after comment plus more articles on the Burma crisis, lots of well-intentioned, well-meaning friends some even family are crying out in support of Burma in fact a good friend of mine mentioned the magnificent work he was doing in Somalia and got only a handful of likes. The Public outrage regarding Burma is great to see but we see this all too often.
It’s cyclical, it’s almost Human Nature in fact, every month or so dependent upon what the media sources decide to report on we get a disaster, man- made or natural and we get the flurry of reporting, social media noise, indignation and some form of response and yet we see this all too often.
So today 11th September 2017 we have the Burma Crisis but a few months ago we had lesbos Crisis andbefore that and at the same time the Syria Crisis. Presently you could throw a dart at a world map and no matter where on whatever landmass the dart lands is a potential disaster either happening or about to happen.Right now, we have the tornado Irma causing havoc on the United States. Israel desalination plants are not a long-term solution to offering water to her people, Pakistan is a few years away from water salination crisis, meaning that her wells will dry up and there will be limited to no water available for its citizens, presently North Kora is launching missile after missile hopefully this is sabre rattling and the list goes on and on, catastrophe after catastrophe…
So what is the solution?What we are observing I like to call“knee jerk reactions” from well-meaning, well intentioned, poorly trained members of the public. For example it is documented by Humanity Gives that when the crisis in Lesbos was in full rage that many charities and well-meaning charity people went to the aid of the refugees and lots of selfless great work took place, however what was distressing was the large numbers of death refugee bodies that were left on the shore as no one wanted to bury the stinking corpses, it did not make good social media viewing and very few could stomach the gut wrenching work of having to carry, the weight alone of the dead bodies was back breaking work, to a suitable burial site, dig a grave to bury the bodies. It’s always interesting viewing to watch food aid go out or be handed to throngs of grateful people but another story when filming bodies piled on top of others or the bloated remains of a 6-year-old that washed up from the sea.
Now whilst the world of Social Media turns its sight on to Burma and quite rightly so, the funds for the continued work at lesbos will surely dry up, all the “Big Charities” will move lock stock and barrel to the new site of emergency yet the displaced 1000s at LesBos will still need food warmth and shelter.
How fickle are the knees, the pain, sometimes I wished I never had to carry such a heavy load? The promises of aid made to the farmers in Malawi, the Orphans in Morocco, the homeless in Birmingham City Centre, the young man on the precipice of custody or the family tirelessly working to provide for their child with disabilities and as yet cannot afford to go on holiday to a campsite in the UK, where will the funds come from?let’s wait for the knee jerk reaction to lose a bit of momentum before we are reminded of catastrophes, hardships and crisis much nearer to home!!!!