Twitter is a very powerful tool for communication, for spreading information and for simply engaging with people. This has been clearly demonstrated in the past week with the Murdoch’s appearance before parliament, the terrible events in Norway over the weekend and then the death of Amy Winehouse. The tweets on these 3 topics alone has been staggering in number, moving in content and in the case of the Murdoch’s downright amusing. But I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have seen the current drought in East Africa mentioned. An event that is unfolding in front of us, that we can still influence the outcome of and where the scale of the potential cost to human life is way beyond even those in Norway. Yet we don’t talk about it, we aren’t outraged by it or trying to get those in power to do something. Why is this? Have we really all become so obsessed with scandal and celebrity that it doesn’t interest us? Are we actually more The Sun than The Daily Telegraph than we thing? Is this why we were so outraged at the Murdoch’s, because we realised that we had been the ones reading the stories based on hacked messages? The truth hurts sometimes and perhaps it’s time we faced up to it?
Don’t misunderstand me, any loss of human life is tragic, full stop. I cannot asign a higher value to one other another. We should also never make fun of it, something which some tweeters don’t seem to agree on judging by their behavior after Amy Winehouse’s death. But what about those people who weren’t fortunate enough to have become famous singers? Who’s going to tweet RIP for them?
But if we act now then we don’t need to worry about who’s tweeting RIP because we can prevent these deaths. We can get the aid to those that need it and we can make a real difference to their lives. Some areas of East Africa are experiencing the worst drought for 60 years as a result 10 million people are facing a food crisis. The expected rains did not come and many people are struggling to get even one meal a day.
We cannot let these people die, they need our support. One of the charities working to help these people is Save the Children, a charity well supported by bloggers in the past and who are trying to achieve amazing things through their No Child Born to Die campaign. I urge you to provide whatever support you can, I’ve made my donation and written this blog what can you do? If you wrote 10 tweets about the Murdoch’s how about one for Save the Children? Or simply click here and make a donation to the East Africa appeal.