Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Now, for something important...

I'm sure you're aware by now that today, 16th October, is my birthday. That in itself is a pretty important fact, but you might not know that today is also Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day, or BAD for short, is a day dedicated to raising awareness for a certain subject. This year's subject is about human rights, and I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter. 

Human rights are something that a lot of us take for granted. I am probably one of the world's worst complainers - usually over little, meaningless things - and sometimes I need to take a step back and just think, "no, Chelsea, you've actually got a good thing going on." And it's true. I've got my health, I've got a nice enough family, I've got an education, and opportunities which can move my life forward. So many people out there do not that these things. This is something which really scares me. 

Had I have been born in a different country, who knows what sort of life I might have. Would I have lived the past decade under military watch? Would I have been evicted from my homeland and sent to a foreign country in the hope I survive? Would I have to deal with people taking away my education and health simply because of my sex/location/religion? 

There are so many charities out there which strive to help people in need, who have had their human rights taken from them. Charities such as Amnesty International do an extraordinary job in raising awareness of such abuses of human rights, and more importantly, they send help. For a lot of people in this world, they do not have a voice until a charity finds them and helps them to speak. How many years have you watched those clips on TV about children starving, or having to walk 40 miles for the nearest water pump? It really baffles me that we live in a world that allows this to happen at the same time we allow bankers and the like take home a £2.5 million bonus at the end of the year. Truly baffling.

Rosetta, and her family, who received help from Comic Relief against contracting Malaria -
which had already taken the lives of two of her children 

I guess my personal reasons for writing this, is that I am, above all else, a mother. Before having Dylan, things like Children In Need or Comic Relief would upset me, but now it opens up a whole new fear into my life. There are mothers out there who's children will not live to Dylan's age, and all because they drank some dirty water. It is such a scary thought for me to even begin to process, and I really applaud those who strive to make a difference. If nothing else, I hope this post makes at least one person donate their change to a charity pot, or buys a cake from someone when Children In Need is back. Of course, there are so many other charities out there, which all need help, so feel free to donate something to whichever makes your heart ache. 

Chelsea xo

3 comments

  1. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing & spreading the word.
    Happy birthday sweetheart!


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  2. Happy Blog Action Birthday! We posted about deaths in custody on our church blog here: http://stchrysostoms.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/contentious-deaths/

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