There is a particular detachment from the plight of people who live in countries far away from me that I have experienced. I suppose it is partly to shield myself from the sadness of it all, and also accepting there is nothing I can do about innocent civilians being bombed.

I met a delightful young lady once who was a student in Bournemouth, but she came from Syria. After the war in Syria started I remembered the young lady and wondered if she had gone back home and was caught up in the war. I no longer had the detachment; I had an undeniable awareness of the reality of the suffering in a country far from where I lived.

People suffer and die through the actions of the rich and powerful who make gains from wars without any qualms, empathy or remorse. Similarly there are people suffering and dying in this country because of the ruthless policies of the Government.

When I saw the picture of the Yemini girl Amal Hussain, a 7 year old child who died of starvation because her country is famine stricken due to it being war ravaged, I did not feel detached. The country I live in is where the bombs come from. The UK Government is complicit in crimes against humanity by supplying arms to Saudi Arabia to use in Yemen.

There isn’t anything I can do about it apart from asking you to sign a petition requesting the UK Government to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and contributing to mass killings.

Maybe signing the petition won’t help, but it will not harm either.

Petition link: change.org

 

20 thoughts on “Detachment

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I sign so many petitions. The photo is devastating.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      When I saw the picture I felt compelled to write a post about it.

      I have posted petitions before that have been successful, but with this particular government I do not feel positive about anything that involves them.

      Like

  2. I have signed. Like you i’m never sure if these things help or not, but it’s worth a try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      The petition is gaining momentum, at the very least the Government will know we are not going to be silent about it.

      After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for debate in Parliament.

      At the time of writing, 152,466 people have signed. Thanks for signing Anabel.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Neumann says:

    Ronnie, You are the bringer of Peace—always. Your heart shines brighter every time I read your posts. I don’t know if we can have WORLD LOVE in my lifetime, but in my lifetime I can love all whom I meet. Sending love, Lisa

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      Thank you, dear Lisa for your kind words.

      Like

  4. Will signing petition help, I guess Government take petition silently…
    every year I sign different petitions for welfare, but I see no results.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      Petitions with 10,000 signatures get a response from the government. Petitions with 100,000
      signatures are considered for debate in Parliament. At the moment there are over 170,000 signatures.

      Although I do not feel very hopeful of a good result on this matter, I am pleased that a lot of people have shown how they feel by signing the petition.

      Not taking any action is the equivalent of saying we do not mind what they are doing. Although you may perhaps feel despondent about petitions you have signed in the past, you can take assurance that your contributions have been worthwhile. Even if you were not hopeful of a good outcome, you contributed along with other good people who chose not to remain silent.

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  5. huguetta says:

    This is very powerful and bold message! Hope the UK government has
    responded so far! What’s happening in the world is beyond awful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ronnie says:

      Thank you very much.

      An all-party House of Lords committee has said that UK’s Saudi weapons sales are unlawful, but everything is being over-shadowed by BREXIT at the moment. We have a government that does not care about lives. After we leave the EU, it is the government’s intention to remove the Human Rights Act.

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      1. huguetta says:

        the awful politics games everywhere! Brexit is now having all the attention
        even though I don’t think that most citizens really want to leave the EU…Where are the benefits in this! Well after all this, oh they might remove it…
        Thank you for your reply and best of luck to all of us in this bloody world 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Ronnie says:

          Most of the people in Scotland do not want to leave the EU, but as always, they are out-voted. There are talks going on about Scotland remaining in the EU in the event of independence, which is something I think is inevitable.

          The EU has created legislation to prevent money laundering. London is the money laundering capital of the world.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. huguetta says:

            They cook decisions behind closed doors and then they declare it
            Makes sense with the money laundering issue!
            Best of luck to all of you and hope one day we’ll live in a corruption-free world! I feel like John Lennon while wishing this! Pure dreams

            Liked by 1 person

          2. Ronnie says:

            John Lennon had a lot of good things to say, so do you. I am very impressed with your blog.

            Liked by 1 person

          3. huguetta says:

            Thank you so much! Your words are highly appreciated! And for visiting my blog consistently

            Liked by 1 person

          4. Ronnie says:

            It’s a pleasure.

            Liked by 1 person

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