Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury, appears to be a more publicly outspoken priest for the oppressed masses than his recent predecessors seemed to be. I do not want to be a spoiler, but, I do wonder just what affects his words would have, uttered as they are, in these isles, far, far, away from the awful trouble spots that are exercising many of us. He rightly points out that the focus of destruction is not just on Christian communities, though, it is those which have come into our focus because the Christian religious group has appeared to be singled out, for now, (which group will it be tomorrow?) and has been suffering dreadfully. The Archbishop described the dead as Christian Martyrs.  Archbishop Justin Welby's summary of the politics is interesting, as is his choice of language. 
The Middle East is complex, it is a melting pot for which no single answer will do. As if to illustrate this. I heard the following report.

A report on BBC radio this morning highlighted the plight and fortitude of the Syrian refugee children, who, from the age of 4 years old, are taken by open lorries to work on farms, harvesting whatever is in the fields. Their work is unprotected and supervised by an overseer. Supervision consists of threatening to dock earnings if they do not fulfill their quotas of work. I do not know who sets those. When the children return to the camps they are given some schooling. The refugee community want their children to have some education, not to be totally disadvantaged and lost. It speaks volumes. 

UNICEF, whose work is vital, are constantly fund raising to save the children.


Anonymous said...

A thoughtful post. I feel that politics and religion has, and continues to, blight the lives of so many people around the world.
Flighty xx

ZACL said...

An incisive thought Mr F. If it were not for the two factors you raise, what else would homo sapiens devise?

These are worrying times.

zalandeau said...

"Quand les hommes vivront d'amour, il n'y aura plus de misère..." :

Snowbird said...

Yes, I share your concerns re the impact his words may have, and it's dreadful to hear of the plight of the children.xxxx

ZACL said...

Hi Snowbird,

The Episcopal tone has certainly altered.

A retrieval of martyrs perhaps?

Emotive language communicating a new crusading zeal on the horizon?

Whatever it is, the use of the terminology in the circumstances given, is unusual in our times on these shores.

The families whose young children are collected to work on the land, appear to be out on a limb; it is odd, as the impression I have, and many other people like me, I guess,is that people are in large camps. That being so, how many children are being transported around to labour on the farms, and from how many camps?

ZACL said...

Salut Zalandeau,

Etait un presentation splendide par les trois grandes,avec des bons sentiments.