There has been outrage of late among the Australian community, reflected in the blog world as well, about the ill treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs. While I certainly don’t condone the torture of animals, I am struck by the silence and lack of similar passion around the inhumane living conditions of our fellow human beings. In case you haven’t been following the news, there is a food shortage and the Horn of Africa – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya - is experiencing what is being described as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. Millions of Somalians are facing starvation and are fleeing to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, now the largest in the world. Many children and infants arrive in time to die. Maybe I’ve missed it, but I haven’t heard outraged Australians flooding radio call lines about this tragedy. In fact, I don’t hear people talking about it at all. Maybe I just don’t get out enough.
I usually make a point of averting my eyes from images such as the one below. I know it happens but I don’t want to see. It’s just too much. But sometimes we need to look. Face the reality. Be shocked. Think. Be aware. Do something?
You can click on the following organisations to read about how they are responding to this crisis.