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In Search of A New Dawn (Thanksgiving)

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on November 27, 2008

In Search of A New Dawn

I wonder how America will wake to the news of whats happening in Mumbai right now?  Will they find it difficult to celebrate in light of the mayhem there that is partly aimed at them? I say ‘them’ but surely, these kind of attacks aimed more towards their government (and ours)? But, unfortunately, as is mostly the case in these incidents, its innocent civilians that suffer the loss of their lives. Should they just be thankful for the fact that they have been relatively ‘lucky’ so far with regards to terrorist attacks? Or will they just be thankful for the food on their tables on this Harvest Festival occasion because, on the whole, the majority of the population seem not even to be aware, or interested, of what is happening in the rest of the world – unless it is directly on their doorstep?

Imagine the Holiday Inn, the train station and restaurants in Wichita Falls being charged by a group of gun-weilding terrorists, shooting and slaughtering innocent people indiscriminately? The US would certainly be waking up to a rather different approach to Thanksgiving Day, me thinks and that news would definitely make it onto CNN!!

Perhaps we should all be thinking about those people who have lost their lives due to war and terrorist attacks – all over the world – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Burma, The Congo and so on – and that continue to happen without really touching most of us.

So, when you are sitting round your tables, celebrating and feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie then give even one minute of your time to think of those who have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to suffer. Because if we all stop to really think of this at some point, then maybe we can then put a voice to those thoughts and unite in raising our voices against the atrocities that are happening all over the world. Afterall, we have to take some responsibilty for the actions of governments and corporations that invoke such anger and hate that lead to such atrocities. Why? Because the majority of us have the right to free speech and a vote.

We have to unite as a whole to change what is happening if we are ever going to see a new dawn.

Mandina Balong, Makasutu, The Gambia, W Africa (hellyjphotos 2008 Copyright)

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