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    Well... if anybody has questions about the situation there are ways to answer them. I was aware of the situation there from the normal "background reading" I do on a daily/weekly basis just to keep informed. I had/have no need to take the word of the various relief organizations.

    As to "most people" - it figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    In a lot of ways, you're just reflecting my own opinions here, the same ones others denounce me for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    Kekeke, Mr Ti maybe you should work on your presentation.
    I enjoy watching people jump to conclusions. And sometimes their replies give me plonking opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    Lately on TV and the internet I have seen the usual push for donations to help the starving African children.

    When I was growing up, I saw pictures and videos of starving African children. Their bellies were bloated, they were covered in dirt and flies. In many cases, the mother would burn the child's belly with cigarettes in order to release the "evil spirits" inside causing the bloated condition.

    Nowadays, all I see in the donation ads are healthy African children. I guess this means the donations are working?
    I dont believe that personal charitable giving in the answer to structural poverty and hunger in those nations where it exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I dont believe that personal charitable giving in the answer to structural poverty and hunger in those nations where it exists.
    I don't believe in ads that show healthy children from Zimbabwe when the problems are somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    I don't believe in ads that show healthy children from Zimbabwe when the problems are somewhere else.
    I take it you didn't read the article I just linked earlier today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the article I just linked earlier today
    Speaking to weekends on All Things Considered guest host David Greene, Hicks says that "this is a story that hasn't been covered in the way that it should be because of the difficulty of working in Somalia."

    Hicks says that when he was photographing in Mogadishu, he had to travel with armed guards and only had a limited amount of time in each location he photographed.


    Much of southern Somalia is controlled by an Islamist militant group with links to al-Qaida called al-Shabaab. The danger that al-Shabaab poses to foreign journalists also complicates the work of aid organizations.

    Hicks says al-Shabaab has "been responsible for killing aid workers in the past. And although they've now said they would allow some aid to come in, a lot of the aid organizations are reluctant to just go in there and start working."

    Hicks' wrenching photographs of Banadir Hospital show the dire consequences of this lack of aid. He says the condition of the people in the hospital is one of the worst he has seen in his entire career. That's from someone who has photographed war zones and natural disasters alike.

    "The children were vomiting, their eyes rolling back in their heads," Hicks says. Some, like the boy in the photograph, "you couldn't even tell if he was alive until you saw him move — just skin and bone."

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    I might not see a post that doesn't 'quote' or 'mention' me.

    That was a helpful link. Thanks, Ivy.
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    Maybe it's to show that the donations are actually *working*.

    But please note - you do have to feed them more than once a decade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    Maybe it's to show that the donations are actually *working*.

    But please note - you do have to feed them more than once a decade.
    I think I said that a couple times. Btw, what's that in your pic, a huntsman?
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