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Thursday, June 01, 2006 

A MIRROR INTO THE THOUGHT PROCESS OF A CONCERNED NIGERIAN- PART 1


'To all those reading this, I am writing from a frustrated part of me because I just realized I am just one person.I recently came across some disturbing articles about Child rape in South Africa, the myth on AIDS, the torture of mentally challenged Children in Romania, Genital Mutilation by young girls in Sierra Leone and I wondered what our world was turning into.

At first I could not sleep and wrote to numerous dignitaries, world organizations, wealthy individuals and all but all I got back was the run around and a polite response which said sorry not our department. This left me really angry and disappointed that we as human beings can turn our backs against each other in our time of need.
I know most people are wondering who am I and think I have a perfect life is why I choose to discuss this. Most People believe an empty belly has no room for Politics. This is true but my belly is empty and until something is done to elevate some of these problems we face as human beings we will continue to suffer.

I sat down tonight in tears like a little girl because I know these problems can be combated and you the average individual can provide a safe haven for theses children and women all over the world.
I am not just asking you to open your wallets, I am asking you to open up your heart and see evil for what it truly is. Why should our children continue to suffer because we would rather do nothing? I was once like that, unwillingly to stretch out my hand because I didn’t want to feel pain. I didn’t want to be hurt anymore.I am willing to go the mile, I am willing to go to all these impoverished countries to educate, build homes, raise the standards of living and to give these children and these women a home and to let them know we truly do care for one another.

I like to think of myself as a religious person but I have never been of one religion. I am tolerant and understand that it is our differences that make us interesting and unique.
Because of the 9/11 attacks Muslims are viewed as terrorist and trouble makers and non religious believers that demand the removal of God from schools are viewed as Atheist. The only view I have on the difference in Religion is Love. Why infringe on mine if I do not infringe on yours. Not all Muslims are bad people and the holy book “the Koran” does not teach or encourage Violence despite popular belief. The Koran is as misinterpreted as the Holy Bible is. We pick up what we want to and not actually what the books teach.

I read the Koran in University and like the Bible it describes God in the same light as we do. Some aspects are different; Yes e.g. the issue of Christ. Jesus was a Jew still his own people didn’t believe him, so why criticize Muslims for that fact. I may not be entirely clear but if memory serves me right Jesus was viewed as a religious man, a prophet like Mohammed. I believe in Jesus Christ but the one fundamental belief I have is to love all mankind no matter who they are. No religion is perfect but we need to respect them except when they encourage hate and physical abuse.

I teach love, protection and harmony.This is the same belief I instill in my children and for which my 5 year old son stood for when confronted with an issue at school.
If you do not want Religion in school then be particular about informing your school of your choice and opt out, but do not deny others the choice to do so. Everything in this world is about choice and the freedom of that choice. I have a few friends that don’t believe in the existence of God but that doesn’t stop us from being friends. I respect their ideals and like me they can stand behind what they believe in.

Yes like most people I pass judgment when I need not do so. I am very guilty of that but because of the suffering I was recently exposed to I have become more appreciative of my life and the problems I encounter each day.
There is happiness in realization that you are not perfect and realizing what you need to do.
I am very appalled by the fact that there are enough resources to cater for all our needs but due to the immense power struggle going on in our various countries we ignore each others needs and cries for help.

In certain sections of Africa there is scarcity of food, medicine, technology etc.There is an ever constant recitation by the West of AID and funds to relieve this suffering but I am yet to see the actual effects of these Aids. There are charities and non profit organizations than I can count but still all these problems exist.

Feeding a man for a day only caters to his present needs but teaching him to feed himself gives him dignity and self reliance. When this mans standard of living is raised his new status affects him, his family and his community in a positive way. His children would go to school, eat well, and his wife would be able to cater more for her family. Even if the children decide not to go to school and become laborers they can learn their trade and make something of their lives'.

This is a three part series chronicling the reflections of a concerned Nigerian Bimpe Solanke.

The last two articles on your blog have endeared me to your site. Am white South African and the death of Kevin Carter was caused by immense horrors he witnessed during the apartheid era in old South Africa, not that one failure to act alone

Of course he should have picked the child up but as you rightly pointed out millions of people would not have been made aware of the humanitarian disaster in Sudan so there are possible arguments as to why the taking the picture might have been for the greater good if we step back and look at the bigger picture.

Nice read but cant help but think it’s very Utopian in nature. There is always going to be a distinction based on class and wealth,that’s the way it has always been from time immemorial and there is nothing individuals like us can do to change that

Hey X...do you know why your blog is so addictive? i'll tell you why..You never know what you might find on here.Am so addicted to the blog its untrue.. so if i get sacked i know who gets the blame.

Anyways as regards the article its nice to see we still have people who care and love unconditionally even though as the previous poster said the views could be seen as unattainable.

I would no pass comments on the Article just yet so am hoping you drop the second part on us pretty soon

Hi,
I know the ideals are Utopian by nature but its the individuals who make society and who choose government. There will always be a distinction in class but i am not looking for perfection. I just want people to look deep down and when they come across issues like this one they choose to help and not ignore. Even within your community there are people who need your help. Please help raise awareness and insist that the governments do more for the people they claim to serve.
Thank you

good read

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