All that I wanted to write about..


.. about Valentine's day, about having met people as famous as Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, presidents of Stanford, Venture capitalists, inventors and CEOs suddenly didn't count. After I saw this.

A missionary holding the hands of an undernourished child in Somalia who died shortly after.


It makes you think about all the things that are not happening to uplift what is arguably the most beautiful continent in the world. What a pity.

I'll probably post about the other stuff later.

22 comments:

Raindrop said...

That's the saddest thing I've seen in the recent past. The child is so thin he/she is almost dehumanized.

Zee said...

The pic caught my attention before i read what you'd written....so i thought it was a scene from ET...was shocked to read that it's an actual child in somalia....

just don't know what to say.....

hedonistic hobo said...

i just checked out the entire montage of the world press awards from 1984 (starting with the infamous bhopal picture). the picture for 2003 i think, of a hooded iraqi prison comforting his 4 yr old panic stricken friend just made me sob. like this pic could have if i wasn't already emotionally exhausted from all those other pics.

Renovatio said...

There's too many more of those pictures floating around than people actually doing anything about the situation...

Grafxgurl said...

saw the rest of the pics too..incredibly disgusting.

HIIIIIIIIII!!!! JUST got back home and so am on a running blogging greeting spree!! its great to be back in the blogsphere!!

iz said...

TAP, that's heart-rending. I know you didn't intend to do so, but thsi quite took the joy out of the day for me.

Fuzzylogic said...

That was a heart wrenching pic,it's true that picture speaks a thousand words and this says so much even without any words.I blog hopped here and I think you have a really nice blog.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

@all - I know. I didn't mean to cause too much heart-wrenching pain et al, but it was something which really struck me.. A friend of mine, I just found out, is running the One Acre Fund, which helps people in Kenya. I'm thinking very seriously about doing something for it, even if its something as small as a donation.

@hobo - yo hobo! (is this fine?:) heh, could you put up a link to the photo montages?

@renovatio - know what you mean. but what are we doing about it?

@grafxgurl - hey :D welcome back! how was your trip et al? hmm, I perhaps wouldn't use the word disgusting, moving more towards "heart-wrenching"!

@iz - sorry bout that! :)

@fuzzylogic - thanks for stopping by :)

Renovatio said...

What're we doing? We're taking pictures and then bitching about them in blogs.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

no :) "we" aren't. I am. and was sufficiently inspired to donate. how about you?

Renovatio said...

Alright, I'm bitching, but in a good way... As far as donations go, I try to give my share occasionally, done my bit with some NGOs in the past, partly why I don't trust them anymore

hedonistic hobo said...

i meant iraqi prisoner and his 4 yr old son. where does my mind go off to wander, i wonder............

here's the link bebe

http://www.worldpressphoto.com/index.php?option=com_photogallery&task=blogsection&id=15&Itemid=115&bandwidth=high

the pic for 2002

the wannabe indian punkster said...

I cant bring myself to say anything remotely sane about the picture.

Words fail me.

Revealed said...

OMFG. Anything I say is going to sound small. I shall desist.

jerry said...

The picture's got me sad.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

@all - know what you mean. 'nuff said :)

MISSquoted** said...

oh-my-god.
i couldnt breathe for sometime.

people are finally beginning to wake up to the horrors in africa. a slew of movies released recently are if anything but an indication. movies namely the constant gardener, hotel rwanda, blood diamond etc.

awareness is one of the steps to eventual proactive action. i wonder how i myself can be proactive??

Xai said...

i wanted to link to the post but you dont seem to have that enabled. letting you know i put a link to it.

Ankit said...

tht pic definitely forces you to think the whole point of human existence

Something to Say said...

o dear god...dear god!

That Armchair Philosopher said...

@missquoted - well, the first thing to do would be to see if you can actually spread this to people who really matter, and those who have money

The problem is that the former are normally politicans with too much of the latter, and the rich are mostly those who don't matter :)

wow. that even rhymes ;)

@xai - whoops. I've been pretty lazy about putting in more blog-entry friendly features. will see to it soon. thanks for the link.

@STS, ankit - I know.

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