Monday, October 31, 2011

What It Takes To Be A Hero - Providing Relief to Somalia Famine Victims

Sometimes it takes a little, other times it takes a lot, but something it always requires doing SOMETHING!
It hardly hits the main headlines, but there are about 500,000 people in Somalia under the threat of starvation, including 160,000 severally mal-nourished children. Unicef is now reaching about 1/3 of these children, which is great but there is so much more to be done. To make matters worse, the Al-shabaab militant group is making it very difficult for available aide to reach the people.

When there are situations such as this one, it's easy to become frustrated with its magnitude and not do anything. "Why bother" becomes the common sentiment. But not my friend, R.K. (he is a humble type, I won't use his full name), instead of standing by and watching he is doing something. Together with a group of his friends he has already put together and sent a container (~4,000 cubic feet) of relief supplies to help in this dire situation. But he didn't stop there, he is actively working on filling a second container. He is doing this while working 60,70, or 80 hours a week and with hardly any sleep. Now that, my friends, is a hero!

There is always something that can be done, just point in any direction and there will probably be people that need feeding, hearts that need mending, etc, etc. Do you want to make a difference? Would you like to be someone like R.K.? Someone who sees a problem and does something to fix it? Then do something! Anything!

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