Jul. 13th, 2003

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Today I went with my bandmates to the Imperial War Museum. It was the 2nd time I've been there. the first time was almost 3 years ago, and the museum closed when I was halfway through so it kind of ruined it because I had to walk really fast through everything. *L* We saw a film about genocides around the world and the world's reaction to them, and then spent a lot of time at the Holocaust Exhibit. The thing that touched me the most possibly (and Amethyst pointed this out as well) is in the section of items left behind by people who were sent to the gas chambers. it's a tiny plastic doll, knowing that it belonged to some little girl that had it ripped away from her when she went sentenced to the chambers. very sad.

Yesterday while walking on the Strand to catch a bus, I saw a demonstration/vigil for the people of Zimbabwe, as their country is falling apart. After reading about the country's current situations, I think it's amazing that millions people in a country can be having inflation of over 300% (highest in the world), 7 million of those are starving and being tortured because they don't go along with Mugabe's beliefs. One of Mugabe's supporters recently said "We would be better off with only 6 million people, (the population of Zimbabwe is 13 million) with our own people who support the liberation struggle. We don't want all these extra people."- Didymus Mutasa, Zanu-PF organisation secretary. What a horrible quote. This is happening to people right now while we (myself included) complain about petty shit in our lives. Reading about Zimbabwe has just made me realise (again) that my "problems" aren't problems compared to what some people have to go through.

This doesn't mean that nobody living in a 'decent' state doesn't experience real suffering (there's more depression, hunger and poverty in wealthy nations, more than most of us realise) but it does put your life and your problems into perspective for a bit when you learn about what's going on in a nation that's falling apart. As the genocide film I saw said today "People living in secure nations cannot possibly imagine the horror of living in an insecure one."

more info:
Zimbabwe Vigil UK site
Zimbabwe News Online


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