For the 240,000

Since the bombings in London a week past yesterday (Thursday), when 52 people were killed at the hands of terrorists, over 240,000 children have died as a result of poverty in the world.

It feels like people have forgotten about the drive to rid the world of poverty? Why aren’t people up in arms (limbs, not weapons)? Why haven’t we taken to the streets? Why haven’t we picketed Parliament, Downing Street, every government building in the country and demanded that poverty is ended?

I saw a poster today for the Live 8 concert DVD that invited potential purchasers to relive the concert where musicians changed the world. Well, for one I didn’t think it was about the musicians, I thought it was about us! And for two, did we change the world?! Did we really?

While I don’t want to diminish the awfulness of the indiscriminate bomb attacks in London — my brother knew one of the girls caught up in it, she was in the year below him at Aberdeen University — there have been 4,615 times as many deaths since Thursday-past that could have been prevented.

Keep an eye on Steve Lawson’s blog, folks. He’s still asking the right questions.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “For the 240,000”

  1. Good points, Gareth. I have the same “unease” whenever a “star” or “celebrity” passes-on. Often the outpouring of grief from people who didn’t really know them is over-the-top and very strange (unhealthy?). There are so many other people who pass un-noticed by all but a few, yet contributed so much more, or suffered more greatly, or just worked so much harder. Is celebrity so much more important these days than caring or effort?

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