Jacob, had a coat of many colours.

In our new world of 24/7 rolling news and the decline in newspapers readership any story will be buried almost as soon as it hits the street. In 1984 Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, collaborated on anti-famine efforts for Ethiopia, by releasing that bloody awful song – “Do they know it’s Christmas” was recorded in the UK in November of that year, and became Christmas number one. Bob was on our television every day,

“Give me your money” he demanded and we did.

At the time, believing we could really make a difference, as the trucks hired by Bob trundled their way from the docks to the villages with their loads of food, emblazoned on the side the logo for Band-Aid.

Oh well, it made good television anyway.

In 1989 three recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts – The first was Band Aid 11. Then came Band-Aid 20 a version released in 2004. finally Ban Aid 30 in 2014. I think you know where this is going.

We are told that the reason that the people were dying of starvation was that the crop had failure that year. But is this really the truth?

Parts of Africa have know famine and years when crops failed ever since the dawn of man’s understanding. Remember your Sunday school stories. Jacob, and his coat of many colours. How he forecast the future in dreams. how he saw the seven fat cows and seven thin cows. So the Egyptians built grain stores in the city and the grain was brought there to be distributed in the years of the thin cows. Must have been growing ears by then, but the point of the story is that good governments save their people by planning for the future, not the fast buck. Failed crops were not the problem.

Although the graphics said “Feed The World” only Africa is coloured in, does that tell us anything? The British Empire, pulled out of Africa when it was becoming too costly, and the commonwealth troops had done their bit in the Second World War. Now Britain was on its uppers, so like today, in Afghanistan, they made a chaotic exit, leaving the people of Africa in the hands of warlords and dictators.

We see the same mistakes repeated over and over, take refugees for instance.

Today, there are more refugees and internally displaced people than at any point since World War II. Driven from their homes by conflict, persecution, environmental calamity, or dire economic straits, these refugees—more than half of whom are children—have been deprived of their statehood, material possessions, and in many cases, their loved ones. They seek solace in refugee camps and unplanned settlements, where they wait out their displacement or attempt to begin life anew. UNHCR

Most of the world’s refugee camps were designed as temporary facilities. However, many have grown and developed into full-fledged cities, complete with their own economies, systems of governance, and civic institutions, but are a far cry from resettlement back home. Refugee camps are monuments to human suffering, and the sheer size of these settlements testifies to the severity of forced displacement around the world.

And at the heart of this humanitarian crisis, lack of forward planning by the governments (in the pockets of The One Per Cent, of this worlds riches.) It was these governments that cause such miser, it is they that are now walking away.

We know from past experience in World War 11 that people will try to escape the hell of war and travel to a place of relative safety if they can, we call them refugees. Despite this, neither the US nor her alias ever gave a though to how they would cope with the problem of refugees fleeing the conflicts these countries were engaged in.

Kakuma refugee camp, in north-western Kenya, is the largest refugee camp in the world. Established in 1992, (almost three decades ago) this camp is jointly managed by the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs and UNHCR. Today, Kakuma is home to some 100,000 South Sudanese and 55,000 Somali refugees, most of whom were driven from their homelands by civil war. But the camp also hosts refugees from nearly 20 other countries. Conditions in Kakuma are grave, as donor support has waned in recent years. The camp’s resources and infrastructure are overtaxed, and occupants have scant opportunities for gainful employment or education. Malnutrition is rampant throughout the camp—especially among younger occupants—and overcrowding has accelerated the spread of infectious diseases.

This is just one of the top 10 refugee camps in Africa that “YOU” are complicit in creating and sponsoring. For remember, the MPs that you elected into Westminster, do it in your name.

Suffer the children to come unto me,

The man that said that died on an old wooden tree,

And as we rejoice at the time of his birth,

The children still suffer all over the earth.

From the African jungles to the hills of Afghanistan,

Their thin, hungry face, black, yellow and brown,

They are starving to death on their millet and rice,

They don’t know, Santa Claus of Jesus Christ.

So as you sit round the table at this Christmas time,

And stuff the roast ham and the turkey inside,

Don’t think of the children in lands far away,

Where 200 children – will die today.

1. Kakuma (Kenya)Population (2015): 184,550
Established or recognized in: 1992

Occupants primarily from: South Sudan, Somalia

2. Hagadera (Kenya)

Population (2015): 105,998

Established or recognized in: 1992

Occupants primarily from: Somalia

3. Dagahaley (Kenya)

Population (2015): 87,223

Established or recognized in: 1992
Occupants primarily from: Somalia

5. Zaatari (Jordan)

Population (2015): 77,781
Established or recognized in: 2012
Occupants primarily from: Syria

7. Katumba (Tanzania)

Population (2015): 66,416

Established or recognized in: 1972
Occupants primarily from: Burundi

8. Pugnido (Ethiopia) Where Bob and Midge save them from starving with Ban Aid.

Population: 63,262

Established or recognized in: 1993
Occupants primarily from: South Sudan

9. Panian (Pakistan)

Population: 62,264
Established or recognized in: 2008

Occupants primarily from: Afghanistan

These are real people whose life’s have been taken from them by we in the west and I have not even mentioned Yemen or Palestine.

The UN and its humanitarian partners currently provide aid to eight million Yemenis each month. three-quarters of the Yemeni population is estimated to be in need of humanitarian support.

And the longer the conflict continues, the worse the situation is becoming.

That is despite very large sums pledged in aid for Yemen. 

The UN appealed for close to $3bn (£2.4bn) to fund the humanitarian response in 2018. It will ask for $4bn (£3.16bn) next year.

The current conditions on the ground are seriously hindering the delivery and distribution of aid – far too little is reaching those desperately in need.

On the one hand, the Saudi-led coalition (including the US and UK governments, by their cooperation with Saudi Arabia) is enforcing a commercial blockade on the sea and air routes into the country, and placing restrictions on relief supplies.

A total of 90% of imports are food, fuel, and drugs, and the blockade is effectively choking a country heavily reliant on these goods. Aid is also subject to long inspection delays as well as in some cases being rejected altogether.

Coalition forces (the UK) have also bombed bridges linking Yemen’s main port at Hudaydah with Sanaa, the capital city, which has meant trucks loaded with vital supplies are having to take other routes, adding many hours to journey times, increasing the price of delivery and, in some cases, making it impossible to deliver supplies at all to areas in desperate need.

On the other hand, local groups and warlords are also at work, hindering the delivery of aid, and at times there is outright looting and selling on the black market.

Houthi rebels (why rebels? Oh sorry I remember it was a BBC report) have blocked access to besieged cities such as Taiz and set up checkpoints into the capital, charging extra fees to aid agencies, who in turn have less available to spend on humanitarian aid.

Profiteers on both sides of the conflict are also intentionally creating shortages and spiking prices of certain items such as fuel and gas. (in other words lots of taxpayers money, given to lots of relief agencies (with big offices and highly paid staff) getting nowhere, when the real solution lies in stopping the war, bringing the two sides around a table at the UN to settle their differences not sell them more armaments and, that only increases the suffering.

On May 20, 2017, the US President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a series of letters of intent for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to purchase arms from the US totalling $110 billion US. And $350 billion US over the next 10 years.

US contributions to Yemen relief – a little over 400 million, less than Donald Trump will get in commission from the arms sale.

The unplanned migration of refugees making their way to Europe to escape the trauma of war and starvation.

2020/12/18

Turkey and countries (although within the EU, and against EU policies) are building fences to stave off the influx of uncontrolled migration into their countries. They see the writing on the wall, and no one is taking reasonability, so they have gone into a self-preservation mode, and who could blame them?

The European Union has paid the final instalment of a €6 billion fund to Turkey as part of a deal on hosting refugees. The 2016 agreement has led to standoffs, as Turkey claimed that it had not received all the money promised.

The UK government has paid £114 million to the French government in order to stop illegal immigration originating from that country since 2015 (Parliamentary Answer, 16 June 2020)

How many years must a cannonball fly before it reaches the …………….. the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind”

Stay safe.

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