SLAVES IN THE XXI CENTURY

The other day I had the chance to see Lisa Kristine’s and Kevin Bale’s TED conferences on slavery right in the 21st Century.

Shocking. There are more slaves nowadays than at its historical height. Lisa gives them a face, in addition to names and surnames and Kevin explains the easiness with which someone in real need can fall into this underworld.

It’s worth seeing it, being outrached about it, and taking action…

(www.antislavery.org, www.fightslaverynow.org).

A TSUNAMI EVERY MONTH...

What would happen if every month there was an earthquake or tsunami that killed 80,000 people?

It would definitely make the front page of every paper and be the leading story of every news programme …

And, we would definitely feel disconsolate and impotent for not being able to do anything to avoid these deaths.

The fact is, we can’t avoid an earthquake or a tsunami. But we can avoid, for example, that malaria continues to claim human lives. Malaria is like a tsunami or an earthquake that kills 80,000 people every month.

"TRAGEDIES" ...

“Tragedy” – One looks with alarm at the strong headline of one of the daily newspapers, not necessarily the sports one, wondering what disaster may have occurred in the last few hours.

Will it be about a mass murder? Will it refer to some humanitarian disaster like Dafur? No, surely it will be something related to child soldiers and the thousands who die every year in the African guerilla wars. But no, no, it’s no t that either. Well, it’s obvious that if not, it must refer to the destruction by AIDS in Africa and the millions of orphaned children without a hope for a better future.

What an illusion. Just at that moment my friend asks if I’d heard about his team’s defeat in the Champions League final. Yeah, mate, 4-0.

What is happening to us? This is a tragedy? Why aren’t we putting everything into perspective and giving each issue its deserved importance?

I was also told that that many families didn’t eat that day. Just imagine, now that really is a show of solidarity with the poor African children who go to sleep every night without a bite to eat…