Somalia this month?

from the quill of Antisthenes

1 – “… as we left the station we could see a confused straggling line of women and children, goats, cattle and sheep, donkeys,and baggage stretching ahead for three miles. All was utter confusion and noise. Some women might be seen hurrying along with their goods, and dragging little children or goats after them. Others were seated mournfully in small groups with their loads before them, trying to soothe the crying of their children, while they waited for their fathers or husbands to join them. There were sick people who implored us to help them to get along, and wept and wrung their hands in an agony of despair at being left. The shouting of the people and crying of the children, lowing and bleating of cattle and goats, rose in a deafening uproar. Here and there a woman might be seen toiling bravely along with a huge load on her head, a baby slung across her back, and dragging a small child along. It was a pitiful sight… We passed several small children, too, abandoned by the road-side.

2 – “One of the extraordinary challenges I have is to help our supporters understand that as a child-focused organisation – for that what Word Vision is – that climate change is the greaatest potential violation of children rights in history. It is that serious.”

The first quotation is from The Diary of A.J.Mounteney Jephson: Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, 1887-1889. Jephson was describing the exodus from Wadelai, (north of Lake Albert, west of Lake Rudolf, equatorial Africa) in 1888. The people were leaving because of the advancing hordes of Mahdi, who today would be described as a peaceful, but misunderstood Muslim.

The second quotation is from the World Vision boss Tim Costello. (Melbourne Anglican, July 2011)

And some people are saying that I am too cynical.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to Somalia this month?

  1. Cheap Shot says:

    You can find of course quite a lot to identify the problems concerning the foreign aid and charitable endeavours. But the futility of that all, coupled with cynical heart-warming philosophy spells disaster for Africa.

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