“Dawud Wharnsby, Canadian born singer songwriter, moved to Abbottabad in Pakistan to be close to his wife’s grandparents. On Monday May 2, 2011 he found that this quiet town was suddenly the centre of an international incident. Osama Bin Laden had apparently been living there until US forces stormed his compound and shot him dead. Dawud reflects on local reaction amidst the poverty that he witnesses all around him.”
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“There is no doubt that money helps and groups like Red Cross/Red Crescent are always in need of our donations (my family and I are pleased to relate that we administrate two charities here in Pakistan: one for education and one for the building of homes lost by families in last year’s flood.) BUT – it is my belief that we are all interconnected by more than just financial paper trails. To help people like my 12 year old friend or the Afghani kids who search garbage pits near my home, I would suggest we all try to:
– Simply be aware of the extreme financial divide between how most of us live and how others live
– Be wise when we make purchases, by understanding and implementing a proper understanding of “needs vs. wants”
– Teach our children well – not just how to read and count, but about social awareness, social justice and social responsibility
– Try to live with humility, gratefulness, graciousness and compassion to others
– Examine our wastefulness. Remember, whatever we bring into the house has to be accounted for somehow. In places like North America and the UK I see much more emphasis on “Recycling” than “reducing” or “re-using”. By and large, we are not encouraged to cut back on the waste we create, we are just conditioned to buy in bulk because when we’ve tossed the plastic away, somebody else will just recycle it! Waste is waste – costs money to process and takes energy to dispose of or recycle.
– Would it not be better if we all just tried to stop being so greedy?
– Volunteer our time with others in our local community who need love, care and hope.
– Give freely and look for no reward or recognition.
– Stop living in fear of what we don’t understand and try to grow in understanding.
– Stand up for justice without excuses or concern of “how we might look to others”.
The list goes on…”