Monday, July 31, 2006


I recently received a forwarded email from a friend that I just couldn't put it in trash like how I do to thousands of them. This one was special,painful and felt that it needed my attention,at least by spreading it out. I forwarded it to everyone in my mailing list.

Even after doing that, I am still not getting enough sleep. Believing that similar situations are still common even today makes me even more restless. These things are happening in this same world where "some people" wants me and you to believe that they so love the world that.... you could live in peace democracy,happiness,free of hunger,racism and all that.

The picture was taken in Sudan in 1994 by
Kevin Carter. The Darfur situation of today is worse,we all know that. The likes of Kevin Carter's pictures are more common than ever,millions of them. The entire world is full of similar scenes.Yet someone wants to fool you and I.

Kevin Carter committed suicide afterwards ,he couldn't bear the pain,(RIP). This was found in his diary ,

Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests. I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.


Scout said...

the vulture is a symbol of western imperialism, don't you think? correct me, i'm ignorant of the situation in sudan, but from friends who have worked over in parts of africa, sounds the same as first nations issues in north america and the continued genocide......none of which is helped by co-opting leaders who adopt western ways and the greed and corruption that come with it.

Jeff Msangi said...

I think you are very right Scout.There is a high degree of hypocrice(I am not sure about the word) in the world of ourtime.

Scout said...

it's 'hypocrisy' but no prob because while english is my first language i'm no master of it. my spelling and grammar can be atrocious. my grasp of learning other languages is even more atrocious so i basically have to stick with mime. language is a gift i didn't get, but that's o.k., i got gifts in other areas :)

Amelopsis said...

Jeff the story of that photo from both sides of the lens truly is a heartwrenching one. The trick in fooling us, I think, is to wrap the truth in subtle lies or distractions - that way no one is accountable for an outright lie, but neither are those who've been informed given any insight or reason to give further consideration to what can and should be done about problem 'X' (x because it applies to almost any social catastrophe where $$$ is to be made)

A touching and thoughtful post, I'm glad you reminded me of it. (although I wish we could speak of it in a past tense with a more happy present)

mloyi said...

Jeff, I did received a hard copy of this picture last year, one day i searched for it to put it at my blog but couldn't find it, thanks god you have done it.
It looks terrible being in Afrika? This picture did haunted me for a time though it is a little bit far from my mind now, but I still thinks of it.
It brings some questions in my mind, is it a reality? or extension of whites Negrohate(KKK)? is it just to justify the need of afrikans being under colonial system? or another fiction movie from holywood?.
Apart of all these questions there is a question to answer and answers are available in one or another way. This shows the need of afrikans to change their thinking into a more positive way of organising their actions, O can see a sturving baby there there must be an elder to look after him/her. the toddler looks malnutrised, we need to produce more food to stop this because we are having that ability!
Chalenges we are facing are great and we need to be hepkats to overcome them.