Here’s an interesting thought...
We are all moved by the plight of the victims of the Tsunami/Earthquake in the Indian Ocean and quite rightly so. The death toll is unknown but going to be around 150K plus. The number made homeless unknown, but will be million plus, I guess. The promised aid, so far, is $5 billion. The British public alone have donated £70 million plus so far.
Why? Is it the number of dead?
I wonder how many people know that over 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka since 1983 in the “civil war” that rages there? How many made homeless? What about the 10,000 plus killed in the fighting in Sumatra? Who donated to the relief operation then?
What about the current and ongoing crises in Somalia? Ethiopia? The Sudan? Around Chernobyl? To name but a few, where the tolls are much higher? Are we being generous because a number of “Europeans” were killed as well? I hope to God that that isn’t the truth, I really do.
What about stuff much closer to home? I watched with interest a poor chap, desperately “shaking his tin” for a local refuge for battered wives. He was being completely ignored in the rush to put money in the “Tsunami appeal bucket”.
Give generously, please… but spare a thought for some of the other deserving people too…..