SOLD

I have finished the book SOLD and it was great!Lakshmi, the main character ended up leaving the “Happiness House”, she was rescued by an American and police men. In the book, characters like Lakshmi or Harish, think that  a ball made from the rags, a small cup of tea or coca cola is a luxury. Whereas in countries like Canada, living in mansions, owning a billion cars or having a thousand diamonds a is a luxury.  I guess that they  think that these items are luxury because they don’t have much in their lives and these items are something that they do not buy everyday.

I have started publishing my blog posts about the poverty in Somalia onto my Facebook account. People have been liking it but not a lot of people. I think that it doesn’t matter how many people like it, as long as someone is reading what is going on in Somalia.

Doing small things affects the people in Somalia in a big way, knowing that someone cares about them gives them hope. The picture above is showing a person that may be a tourist and a child that looks malnourished. You can see how happy the child looks just by his face expressions. This child looks like he’s been through a lot and to him seeing a person that shows that they actually care means a lot to him. This shows how our society is changing, now we are providing countries like Somalia with food, clean drinking water and aid through organizations like World Vision.

” Poverty is the worst form of violence” – Mahatma Gandhi

Eradicating poverty can help provide more food and a better lifestyle for people. There would not be a limited amount of food or medicine supply for children and other people.

No one likes living in poverty.

I agree when Gandhi said that poverty is the worst type of violence, this is because it can cause many deaths in a society. Poverty has the power to ruin or weaken peoples happiness and hope. When these are weakened, people in countries like Somalia will stop to care. Now that they are going hungry, their bodies will start to decompose which cause the flies to surround them.

Poverty can also start wars between other societies and countries because when there is poverty there will be a limited amount of food. People will do anything to get food because they are starving. If a society or a third world country runs out food it will cause them to steal food or kill for food. Other countries are more selfish and and power hungry, that they may start wars between countries to get what they want.

2 am in the morning – The Power of Words

I love this video.

This video is showing how powerful words can really be, even if it is as small as changing someone’s sign. I think that it is saying that doing the smallest things can affect that person in a big way. This could be applied to countries like Somalia. I think  that by doing small things like donating or doing fundraisers can create a huge impact. I guess it really starts with helping the poor people in our country today. Someone once told me ,” How can we fix the poverty in other countries if we can’t even fix the poor and starving people in our own country?”

Sold

The book Sold has so far been very heartbreaking. The main character Lakshmi has already been sold to a woman named Mumtaz and she is now working in a brothel. She ends up in a place called the Happiness House, where she believes the movies stars live. At first Lakshmi is clueless to where she is but she soon figures out that she was sold into prostitution. When she refuses to the job Mumtaz locks her up in her room and starves her until she cooperates. Lakshmi decides to cooperate because she figures that if she works for Mumtaz it would be a faster way for her to pay off her family’s debt so that she can come back to her family.

She is becoming great friends with the other girls in the house and a boy she calls David Beckham. Lakshmi started learning languages other than her own from the boy. She gets used to the other girls and she learns more and more about them.

Child Soldiers

I was researching more about my country and I came upon something that reminded me of the movie that I had just recently watch, Blood Diamond. In Somalia children are being recruited to become a soldier, and some joined because they wanted to. Al Shabab, the famous rebel group took part into getting these child soldiers to fight against the government. Some of these child soldiers work for a group called the Transnational Federal Government in Somalia and their weapons are partially funded by the American taxpayer. Some of these children are as young as nine years old.

I have read about child soldiers and I’ve watched movies on it but it still can’t believe that it is still happening today. Their childhood is being ruined, and instead of them enjoying it they are being exposed to guns, smoking, drugs and alcohol. I can’t imagine having a childhood like theirs in Somalia.

Dance :)

I didn’t know how to take action for spreading awareness about the poverty in Somalia and my time is running out soon. I didn’t realize it before but I have been spreading awareness through dance. Throughout this whole semester I have been dancing for different events that  give all their proceeds to an organization that actually goes to the third world countries. I have danced in an event that the social justice club made called Breaking for Bread competition, and all the profit that was made went to World Vision Canada. I have also danced in a recent Christmas party where all the money earned goes to helping build schools in the Philippines.

There is one event that takes place at the end of every month at my school called Coffee House. Different performances are showed and the cost to goes to different organizations such as CAWST, War Child Canada, Simon’s Village and Right to Play. Intermission is free but to earn money Tim Horton’s has  donated their coffee and donuts for the social justice club to sell.

So far I have danced in two Coffee House performances and I have loved every minute of it! This is one of the Coffee House performances.