Lately, it has been difficult to select the most shocking events happening across the world… whether it was the Japan earthquake, Libya continuous uprising or Syria unrest, Guantánamo Bay secrets or others. I haven’t written about them simply because I have too much to say. These days I have seen an amazing documentary about the children from Afghanistan that are addicted to drugs and I decided to dedicate this post to them. This short documentary explains what happened to the citizens of Afghanistan during the conflict and reveals an unreported side of it. I was shocked seeing these images, that are truly devastating.
I believe that being a parent is the greatest thing in your life, but how hard it is for a parent to make his own child a drug addict? Reasons? Hunger. War. Pain. One mother even confessed that she used to give her child opium because she didn’t have enough food to feed them all. Opium is a drug that is it obtained from the opium poppy and contains 12% morphine, an alkaloid, which is frequently processed chemically to produce heroin. Opium is the cheapest thing you can buy in Afghanistan, even cheaper than food: 1£/smoke. As a parent it is also hard to see your child screaming in pain caused by broken arms or legs because of occasional bombings they get. The only solution for the poor children is opium. And I am wondering, what fault has this child committed? Why should he care about the war?
How can that be possible that guilt for the thousands of lives taken or destroyed is a small price to pay for the glory of the Western World? How can that possibly be true that we are looking at these shocking, desperate images and do nothing about it? Where is the equality?… And now watch the documentary here, sorry I couldn’t include it on my blog.
Our first session of Multimedia Journalism started with creating a blog ourselves and analysing top blogs across the globe. Also, asking ourselves why are they successful and may be steal some of their ideas to upgrade our student blogs in order to make them look better on the exciting platform of the blogosphere. Jim McClellan, our Journalism tutor, suggested a short list of blogs we could look at. I ‘m gonna mention some of them: BoingBoing, The SartoriaList, Gawker, io9, Go Fug Yourself, Dooce, Mashable, Nick Robinson’s blog and many more.
To start, I can definitely say that some of the blogs go beyond the word ‘blog’ and slightly tend to shift into ‘healthy’ news outlets. Each of them, though, has its own community, its own audience and it ‘s different in a unique way. I mostly enjoyed looking through The SartoriaList, a blog that inspires me, though I am not a fashionista, nor have I ever had a keen interest in fashion. But, I really like everything that emphasizes the ‘beautiful’. One of my teacher back home told me once: big shows are not made with big people. It totally links to the concept of this website, although it has photos from the big brands collections from London, Paris, Milano and New York, it focuses more on random people this traveller meets on the street. What I mostly liked about it is that the blog doesn’t focus on the same idea that thousands of fashion blogs share, but it tends to emphasize the difference between the showroom trends and the common people on the street that looked great. His pictures are different, because he captures people in way that allows us to see beyond the surface. Also, an exciting job anyone would like to have, that mixes the best of experiences: travel, photography and fashion. Strongly recommended.
I also had a look at Nick Robinson’s Blog that is hosted by the BBC website. It’s a news blog mostly with features, that aim to critically analyze the current breaking news stories. Nick Robinson is a well-known political editor for the BBC. I think he is one of the best political analyst, so it’s my pleasure to read his blog and get a new perspective of what’s happening in the ‘dark’ world of politics. On his blog, I found an interesting article these days with an appealing headline ‘Cameron’s first war?’. The piece adopts a different angle on the ongoing conflict in Libya and questions whether Libya could be the PM’s first war as all military decisions he took before today concerned the Afghan war.
Have a look at the other blogs I mentioned, it’s worth spending your time reading them 🙂