Current Affairs, Original Poetry

Aleppo’s Lost Children

The face paint of war:

Blood and ash.

We have simultaneously

Created a generation

Of

War children

Whilst condemning them

To a life of neglect.

We throw around the words

Blame

And shame,

Any kind of self-justification

For sitting by

And doing nothing.

500,000 lives lost,

and nothing to show for it

other than a

thousand-yard stare.

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Current Affairs, Original Writing

Road Rage (Off the Roads)

It’s Christmas this week. Holy guacamole.

As I’m working right up until Christmas Eve, I most likely won’t be able to post closer to the big day (and my dad’s birthday which funnily enough falls on Christmas day!)

It’s a shame Christmas has become more of a commercial holiday and less of a festive period in which families come together. People are becoming increasingly angry and stressed in supermarkets and stores, as if there’s a possibility that the number of turkeys, crackers and sprouts might suddenly diminish into non-existence and we’ll be left with nothing on our table for Christmas lunch/dinner. (or ‘tea’ for you Northerners, hm) The vicious attitude of shoppers in the run up to the big day is simply incomprehensible. Getting angry with staff because they don’t have something in stock, or they can’t find something is beyond stupid. People shoving and pushing each other to get to products, using their shopping bags as weapons to get pass one another on pavements etc. It’s carnage. But for what reason? Greed and selfishness sets the foundation for most attitudes stated above.

It’s worth remembering that there are countless children, men and women who’ll be spending Christmas alone in war torn, poverty stricken countries with no presents under a tree or a turkey on the table. They don’t even have clean clothes to wear on a daily basis, a luxury we take for granted.

I hate to be cliche, but I’m trying to provide the ‘gift of giving’ this Christmas by sending a card to an orphan who tragically lost her family; ultimately, I don’t want her to feel lonely – I know it’s not a huge deal but it’s a gesture and I’m hoping it’ll go a long way for her. The prospect of spending a period like this alone is something I daren’t begin to think about but is a reality for so many across the world, and it’s heartbreaking to accept that vulnerable people will be on their own during a time where so many of us take for granted what we have around us.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, but please keep our vulnerable  war-children and victims in your hearts.

A x

 

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Current Affairs

Syria Air Strikes

The result of the Syria Vote has pretty much summed up David Cameron’s attitude towards terrorism, innocent war-torn victims and the general public, including those who stupidly elected him.

After signing a petition, with over 179,000 other members of the public against the Syrian air strikes, I was utterly disgusted to hear our government’s final decision. Cameron’s arrogance at going ahead with launching attacks on Syria is fundamentally fuelled by his ego; he doesn’t want to be seen doing nothing so he does the next best thing – bombing. In many ways, its hardly surprising. He’s following in the footsteps of Blair and Bush who caused a war in which the vacuum of terror expanded. I’m struggling to understand how Cameron came to this decision knowing that air strikes on Syria will furthermore put British society at risk of terror  attacks.

The decision also shows an utter disregard for human life. The blood of innocent Syrian men, women and children is already on his hands as recent footage has shown mass casualties. A river of blood running down an destroyed town, men crying “what is my fault” to cameramen and parents picking up their children’s lifeless bodies from rubble. It’s imperative to note how the airstrikes targeted civilians, with ISIS bases nowhere near casualty sites.

I’m ashamed to live in a country where a prime minister has made such a reckless decision which he believes is for our safety. We’ve let Syria down when they were most vulnerable and in need of our help. David Cameron’s exploitation of the vulnerable has reflected in his choices as Prime Minister, from the cuts to mental health care services and NHS funding, treatment of working class citizens and now this.

Sadly, we’re living in a society where people in power believe the answer to terrorism is more terrorism. And by doing so, we’ve increased the problem. The deaths of Syrian civilians is NOT collateral damage. Instead of fighting a war against terror, Cameron has opted to fight Syria. I hope he can live with the increased threat he’s introduced on our society as well as on innocent civilians in Syria.

Oh, and David? The fact that we’re supporting a country you’ve agreed to obliterate is not “terror sympathising” as you put it. It’s called humanitarian duty: to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

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Original Poetry

War Child

dropping bombs on the kids of tomorrow
war criminals creating
war children
what happened to us?
we’re humans lacking
humanity

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