This post is for all the lost and forgotten souls that die every single day, for no reason, and we never know about it. And for all the dedicated people who risk their lives to be there and give one more day to them.
For this year's Blog Action Day, here is Poverty - in 10 video clips, a quotation and short story.
Poverty in 10 videos:
Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty (promo video)
"What is poverty?" (three-minute video)
"The Miniature Earth" - Appreciate what you have and do your best for a better world
"Make Poverty History" - Real scenes without words
"A child dies completely unnecessarily as a result of extreme poverty every 3 seconds..." (www.makepovertyhistory.org)
Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus on poverty
CGI 2007: Angelina Jolie Makes Impassioned Plea for Refugees, tells a story about a young kid she met in one of her trips.
Clean Water Africa PSA: Jennifer Connelly in video promo for clean water initiative (charitywater.org)
World Food Programme: Rachel Weisz in promo wideo (wfp.org)
World Food Programme: Thievery Corporation in promo wideo (wfp.org)
"...Little children, wrapped in a sheet and buried alongside the road, like seeds, with no sign, not even a picture for their parents to remember them, as if they never existed, as if they never mattered...
It’s a haunting thought, knowing that these parents see their children fading away like this and not being able to do anything about it, not even keep something to remember that they ever existed in this world...
These things happen in the world, whether we’re aware of them or not, it’s always there even when we’re not there to see it. We have an obligation to tell their story, tell the world that they exist..."
- Anderson Cooper (CNN), talking about his experience when visiting Africa.
...and a story:
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
"The Star Thrower", by Loren Eiseley
Save a "starfish" yourself - it matters to it.
Blog Action Day 2008 - Poverty