Another intense week in the news, and of course, I was completely lost in the story of Afghanistan. On social media, I felt deep fear, intense sadness and shame ricochet around the world, as we all came to terms with this news and tried to understand what it meant for the people of Afghanistan. It definitely felt like the last straw in a bruised world.
When I pondered this news, my real grief sat with the women and girls of Afghanistan, the LGBTQIA community, and those who worked in government, the media, or with the people who served the US and NATO forces. What happens next is really unknown.
What we know is, immense suffering has been unleashed on the people of Afghanistan, a country already suffering a four-year drought that has resulted in food shortages, Covid on the rise, panic for people desperate to escape with exits cut off, funding and bank accounts frozen, and more, we know the weeks, months and years ahead will be very difficult for so many people.
When I suggest people read around the news, this is definitely one to go wide on. If you’re in the US, don’t just read the US perspective in the media. Read/watch Aljazeera, the UK, Australia, Singapore and other country perspectives. All countries share news from a point of view relevant to them, so it’s really important to go wide.
But this news did feel like a last straw as I watched the commentary across the media and digital airwaves. When the world is already dealing with so much, this felt like a moment of doom.
How do we get our heads straight at a time like this? The only thing I know that works is action. If you are feeling lost, in despair, or that all hope is lost, move to action. Find something you are passionate about and get involved or speak up.
- If you want to help Afghanistan, be an advocate for the charities who are doing great work. Donate to worthy causes
- Beyond that, do something locally to help people who have nothing – cook food, donate, volunteer for help lines
- Get involved in the climate emergency – start at home by being more sustainable (this takes time), write to your elected officials to demand action, organize a beach clean-up, write, share knowledge, help raise awareness in your community
- Create – if you’ve always wanted to write a book, launch a podcast, a YouTube channel, a blog – this is the time to get started
Just a few ideas. Action is where hope lies. Contributing to a cause bigger than yourself is the way forward and the way out of despair. It’s what saves me.
What I’ve been reading on Afghanistan
US Soldiers Films Chaos From MRAP Gunner Turret In Kabul – tks Steve Johnson
Australian troops assist in Afghanistan evacuations tks Kerrie Phipps
Lee Kuan Yew’s Prophetic Insights On Afghanistan In 2009 – tks Pamela Killick-Calver
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