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The UN shedding light on problems
July 15, 2004 3:07 PM   Subscribe

The UN recently posted a list of the ten stories they wished the world knew more about. One of them is about trying to ensure proper care and equal treatment to persons with disabilities in other countries. Unrelated to the UN, but to the point, this photojournalist's images of preventable blindness in Asia connects the faces of those affected to the issue.
posted by mathowie (9 comments total)

 
Previous discussion on the UN's 10 Stories.
posted by mcwetboy at 3:19 PM on July 15, 2004


This is actually a double post, but for the photojournalism link we'll let you slide this once.
posted by rafter at 3:20 PM on July 15, 2004


This picture rules!
posted by Witty at 3:26 PM on July 15, 2004


RE: The photo of the monk

"Traditional medicines" don't work. These people need vitiamin A and surgery not the infinite compassion of the fictional buddah. Man, this stuff just breaks my heart.
posted by skallas at 3:26 PM on July 15, 2004


I think one might find, dear skallas, that the deliverance of vitamin A and surgery arise from compassion, a central tenet of all right thought and action. Buddhism and other religions celebrate and encourage compassion.

Your breaking heart is part of that.

Folks interested in the possibility of helping prevent some of these illnesses might investigate and support the programs offered by Sight Savers International, and Orbis.
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 4:37 PM on July 15, 2004


Fantastic. Thanks, Matt.
posted by homunculus at 4:46 PM on July 15, 2004


What's sad is that this is just spreading around blogylvania today. Look at the first post on the topic -- the UN tried to draw attention to these stories several months ago (May). Guess it didn't work. At the time, The News Hour had a segment with Shashi Tharoor (who is very well-spoken and compelling) from the UN talking about the different stories, but no other news outlet I frequent picked it up.
posted by precipice at 4:52 PM on July 15, 2004


>Your breaking heart is part of that.

I'd say my breaking heart predates any religious or philosophical system and is natural in humans. Whoever codifies it orally or on paper doesn't really deserve a special treat.
posted by skallas at 5:15 PM on July 15, 2004


I suspect we agree. Similarly, my suggestion is that compassion predates the delivery of ophthalmic and other gifts, and therein lies the need.
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 12:55 AM on July 16, 2004


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