The Water War

World Must Wake Up to Injustice of Famine

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The Water War

https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/the-water-war/

Originally posted on Sharing: Water covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface but for the most part it is composed of salt water and even the sweet one is not always accessible: only 0.3 is found in rivers and lakes and can be used by humans . The danger of tensions and conflicts linked to…

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Mozambique after cyclone Idai – Alex Thomson

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”
https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/…/what-we-do-for-ourselves-dies-with-us-what-we…
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Originally posted on The Foreign Correspondent: A Site of “Revealing Interviews” of a Foreign Correspondent, the Journalist and Writer: https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018688872 from https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018688872/alex-thomson-mozambique-after-cyclone-idai “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine

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“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”
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A man-made disaster: Inside South Sudan’s famine crisis with David Shearer

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“An Extraordinary Life”: The Young Kiwi Nurse

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“What is success? To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.”

Craig's Quotes

“What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate the beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

from    www.craiglockbooks.com

and https://sawriter.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/what-is-success/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
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Senna: Formula 1 Meets Faith

Ayrton Senna: A Tribute to a Champion of Champions

http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/senna-formula-one-meets-faith/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people we can encourage, impact, empower, support, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials… and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams .”

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World Must Wake Up to Injustice of Famine

World Must Wake Up to Injustice of Famine: Janna Hamilton


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From: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10744869

Tags: famine, East Africa, Kenya, Janna Hamilton, Oxfam

Muhumed Surow grieves following the burial of his 12-month-old daughter,
who died of malnutrition, in Dadaab refugee camp. Photo / AP

Heading out to Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, I heard a remix of We are
the World
played on the morning news. It triggered memories of sitting on a
mat as a 5-year-old primary pupil as we sang the Michael Jackson-Lionel Richie
song for the starving people of Ethiopia during the 1984-85 famine.

It brought home the absurdity of finding myself, 27 years later, in Dadaab
refugee camp in Kenya near the Somali border, where hundreds of thousands again
face starvation – a remix of yet another famine.

In the same three decades, the world has undergone an unprecedented period
of globalised economic growth and innovation in communications, trade and
finance.

But standing among the masses of Somali refugees forced to call Dadaab home,
that growth doesn’t appear to be so global after all. There is little trace of
progress among the dust-covered white tents, stretching out before me in every
direction.

The strong, hot wind never stops blowing. The sand and fine dust gets in
your eyes, mouth and into your chest.

There’s a constant rhythm of children coughing. Mothers try to rinse their
children clean but it seems impossible.

The refugee camp is not the future anyone would hope for their children. It
is an unjust and undignified existence for people who have lost their land,
their livelihoods and their independence, but for the people here there is no
choice.

Every person I ask says they will never return to Somalia. Instead a dry,
dusty desert, where they are packed together in tents only metres away from
their neighbours, is still more attractive than their drought-stricken, lawless
homeland where for two decades they have been robbed of basic rights to food,
water and shelter. Here at least they have a reliable supply of clean, safe
drinking water, shelter and a precious ration card that ensures there will be
more food coming to them every 15 days, but it’s still not enough.

I don’t know what it feels like to be hungry, so hungry that any other
discomfort pales in comparison with the need to eat and have enough food to
prepare a meal for your children.

Today, 30-year-old Hebiba Noor Dizhwah finished bathing her 1-year-boy,
Aden, who was too weak to hold his head up, and showed me her bag of maize that
was supposed to last her family for two weeks. But, after just three days, it
is two-thirds empty.

Humanitarian organisations are calling on continued global assistance to
meet the needs of the more than 12 million people already affected severely by
this crisis.

Despite generous pledges of money from some rich governments and donors,
their help is failing to keep pace with the level of need.

Famines are a thing of the past on every other continent, with the exception
of Kim Jong Il’s North Korea. East Asia’s last famine was in the 1960s, South
Asia’s in the 70s and Europe hasn’t had a famine in more than 60 years. Yet
famine has been declared in five areas of Somalia.

It is all too easy to dismiss the crisis as an inevitable fact of life here
in sub-Saharan Africa, but it is not only the drought that’s to blame.

As well as the repeated failure of the rains, political neglect of
smallholder farmers throughout the region lies behind the crisis. It is no
coincidence that the worst affected areas are the poorest, least developed and
most neglected, lacking the basic infrastructure such as water systems, roads
and healthcare.

But there is hope. In Somalia, Oxfam and local Somali partner organisations
operate the largest public-health programme in the country, providing clean
water to 300,000 displaced Somalis in camps outside Mogadishu.

Our partners operate the largest therapeutic food programme for children and
mothers, admitting 3000 malnourished children every week. The aim is to reach
1.2 million people in Somalia, and 3 million throughout the region, by the end
of the year.

Beyond Somalia, there is a need for emergency food, water and sanitation for
rural communities in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia.

There is still time to help people in their villages and prevent more
deaths. In the hard-hit Kenyan region of Turkana, boreholes and solar water
pumps save communities from having to spend meagre incomes on high-priced fuel
for pumping water during dry months. Every drop of water is used, with run-off
used to irrigate vegetable gardens.

We can build successes, as we have been doing, even in Somalia. This famine
must be a wake-up call to governments and the international community to
address the issues that make people vulnerable to hunger in the first place. In
a world with enough to eat, there is no good reason why anyone should go
hungry.

* New Zealander Janna Hamilton spent two weeks in Dadaab
for Oxfam International.

By Janna
Hamilton

Sourced from: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10744869

A KIWI MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Former journo stationed in Kenya
refugee camp

Kiwi in Dadaab

New
Zealander Janna Hamilton spent two weeks in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, near
the border with Somalia.

Janna was
the Humanitarian Media Officer for Oxfam International, the coalition of 15
Oxfam affiliates from around the world.

In Dadaab,
Janna saw first hand the food crisis and famine that is affecting people across
Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya – as well as Oxfam’s effort to save lives and make
families less vulnerable to future crises.

Dadaab is
the largest refugee camp in the world, with 400,000 occupants and 1500 more
arriving every day. In the camp, Oxfam is keeping survivors alive by providing
water, stopping the spread of disease by building toilets and offering basic
sanitation education, and helping people get back on their feet through
cash-for-work programmes.

Live tweets

You can
follow Janna live from Dadaab on

Twitter at:

From http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-we-do/emergencies/horn-of-africa-food-crisis-2011/a-kiwi-in-dadaab

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“Where love endures, hope inevitably follows.”

– craig

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