Bob Marley is helping save children in Somalia #beafriend

Me and my wife both lost our jobs in 2009 due to the financial crisis here in the U.S. and to keep on the positive energy (which was/is hard sometimes) we kept reminding ourselves of the simplest things we still have: water, food, a roof above our heads, family support, friends, good health and above all is our son’s smile, happiness, kindness. That’s why we rarely complain about our situation.

But there are a lot of people around the world that are looking around themselves right at this moment and asking themselves – “How long will we stay alive?”. Somalia is the most current example of human suffering that has hit the news.

A country that has already suffered with a brutal civil war in the 90’s that led to genocide and is constantly having to deal with lack of provisions due to a extremely irregular rainfall now faces the most severe drought in decades.

The lives of more than 11 million people — especially young children — are at risk. Famine has been declared in parts of southern Somalia, and threatens to spread further if nothing is done to prevent it. Kenya and Ethiopia are also severely affected by the crisis, with millions in critical need of food and water.

Many organizations are mobilizing efforts to help including the UN, World Vision and Save the Children, among others.

The U.S. government already approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine.

You can also help by simply spreading the word (on twitter, facebook, etc..) or if you feel like listening to good music and making a real difference you can go to the Save The Children website and download Bob Marley’s 1973 song “High Tide or Low Tide” by clicking on the iTunes banner on the left side. You’ll pay $1.29 and that, my friend, will make a lot of difference.

If you’re able to do more you can also donate a larger amount.

I never meant this blog to be something political, or to stand up for causes but as a father I can only sympathize with all the other fathers in Somalia and the other countries affected. Something very human in me makes me forget all the differences and raise my hand to help another human being.

We must act now. Please help save lives. Please be a friend.

Please join me, download the song, donate, spread the word.

Peace,

~Gil

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Posted on August 10, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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