11/10/2008

Bloggers Unite: Let Us Help The Refugees


Imagine trying to sleep on a cold floor during cold, cold nights with a stomach barely lined by donated soup and bread.....imagine your small kid getting sick with diarrhea or fever or colds when he is already malnourished without a doctor nor medicine in sight for days…imagine not having clean water for drinking and cooking…imagine not knowing where your loved ones are, not knowing if they are dead or alive, not knowing what country shall take you in, imagine being persecuted and ostracized in your country by your own countrymen…imagine not knowing when will your next meal be and imagine not knowing what happened to your house, your livelihood and even your pets..and imagine, living all those uncertainties from day to day..

This is how most refugees live…they live in unimaginable atrocities and suffering day in, day out; and you know what, most of the world just go by with their own lives not knowing about this or for some who knew, they were just too busy to care and to lift nary a finger to help.

Save for some organizations (government or non-government) or people who try to help these refugees, these refugees need more help. They need a voice to let the world know about what is going on and what they need. That is why Bloggers Unite is getting more than 10,000 bloggers all over the world to unite and be the voice for these refugees who need help ASAP.

At the local front, because of increased military activities in Mindanao against the insurgents in reaction to MILF’s rampage done to villages after the fallout of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domains in ARMM, there are already 528,053 displaced individuals from affected villages located in Lanao del Norte and Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Basilan (Source: here).

These refugees are now being housed in school buildings, tents that could barely withstand the heat of the sun nor the pounding of the heavy rains, and are prone to flooding. Help are not easy to come by as volunteers and other charitable organizations are also putting their lives in danger (Source: here), donated goods and medicines take time to arrive due to the unavailability of better transportation that could withstand the bad roads.

We can never know when will this manmade calamity will stop. It seems to me just a vicious cycle. Meanwhile, lives are disrupted, livelihood lost, innocence gone, education lost and all for naught.

Let us educate ourselves, help what we can and try to think ourselves in their shoes or in their slippers or likely, in their barefeet. Christmas is just a few weeks away, could we just at least help these refugees find their voice to let the world know that they exist and they need help, desperately.


2 comments:

RecycleCindy said...

I followed your link over from BlogCatalog and just wanted to comment that your post for Bloggers Untie Day is wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to blogging about this important cause.

marlene said...

This is a horrible situation in Mindanao that's the Phil. has been facing for years. The government couldn't do anything and I wonder why.

Nice post, Marites.