Friday, December 09, 2005

The Drought in Malawi, Africa

It has been estimated that about 5 million citizens in Malawi will need food to last them until April 2006, because they are suffering from a severe drought, resulting in them not having any food. Once I saw the video of a family in Malawi eating termites, I was motivated to create a space for people to pray for issues plaguing us in the U.S. and abroad. To the left is a link to the transcripts of that report. I plan on putting up links to various topics to prompt discussion on this blog. Often I see or read about things, have passionate reactions to them, yet feel that as an individual student, there are times when there isn't much I can do to alleviate the situation. I realized however that for poverty for example, it is about much more than giving money to a stranger here and there. There is power in prayer, and I can testify that where I currently am in my life is a direct result of the prayers of my family, friends, and those who came before me. Therefore, it is my hope that people who view this blog will contribute to it by praying for these issues. Regardless of the political beefs or whatever else is going on between governments, things should NEVER get to the point where families have to eat termites. It seems like after all this time on this earth, we still do not understand the value of all human life. Even if the government in Malawi is experiencing political conflict, other countries are too wealthy to allow families to starve like this. I mean there was a child who couldn't be no older than 1 or 2 being fed termites by his or her mother. I understand that the families have to do what they must in order to provide for them and their children, and given the impoverished conditions they are in, I admire them for their courage and love for themselves and their children. Speaking of the families, the CNN correspondent describing the families' methods as "primitive" upset almost as much as the video itself. For one, what is primitive about creatively coming up with a way of getting food for your children? Second, even if the methods could be interpreted as primitive (which I highly doubt because to me there was nothing primitive about it), what does that have to do with the bigger picture? Oh wait, I almost forgot, that when it comes to the big picture (i.e. the value of all human life), we tend to drop the ball. If a family had no food, and was not receiving any local or international assistance, how else are they supposed to survive? When thinking about this situation, I can't help but think of the beatitudes and the various accounts in the bible when Jesus would heal (as well as direct His disciples to heal) those who were sick and impoverished. I pray that God will bless everyone in Malawi suffering from this drought and provide for them, especially when those who are aware of their plight and have the means to alleviate it, do nothing. Peace, blessings, and I'm interested in people posting their prayers and/or opinions on this issue. So speekonit...

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