‘I’d much rather live a meaningful life than a comfortable one’.
During the 1980’s several famines hit the country of Ethiopia, the most notable one being the Ethiopian Famine of 1983-85 and after this the famine of 1987. Seeing family after family suffering extreme starvation on the news and wanting to help them is one of my earliest childhood memories.
As an adult I studied for a BA in Film and Media Studies and an MA in Scriptwriting for Film and Television. Whilst attending a lecture on the Holocaust and Memory in Visual Culture I decided to devote my dissertation to the subject.
I took a trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland for research and going to a place where well over a million people were murdered had a profound effect on me and encouraged me to look into genocide in more detail. A few years later, during a backpacking trip around Cambodia, I visited Tuol Sleng prison and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where during 1975 – 1979 Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge are estimated to have killed almost a quarter of the Cambodian population (almost 2 million people) through starvation, torture and execution.
Since visiting Poland and Cambodia and doing research on other genocides and sufferings going on around the world, I have been looking for ways to bring to attention to them. My blog will focus on crimes against humanity and also shine a light on the positive changes happening in developing countries and the people making those changes. I’m not a celebrity, I’m not well-known and only a handful of people may read this blog but every little action can make even a small difference.
I have been lucky enough to volunteer for two fantastic charities – MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and Ethiopiaid and have seen the significant contribution they make to improving the lives of people in need (you can read my experience of volunteering for MAG here in their blog). I also organised a fundraiser back in December for another great charity – the Panzi Hospital.
‘I’d much rather live a meaningful life than a comfortable one’ is my favourite quote and was spoken by the American Urologist Dr Steven Arrowsmith who works at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. He has devoted his life as a surgeon to helping women and girls who suffer with painful and traumatic fistulas.
There are many people out there trying to make a difference and they may not have the publicity of large charities such as Oxfam, but they are still changing lives for the better.
Thank you so much for reading,