One of the saddest things to me is that there are thousands of children are left alone of the streets with no one to care for them. They have no food or anything to take care of their basic health. Its very sad to me that the children are terrified to go anywhere at night and scramble to find a place to settle for the night. This is all in fear that they will be captured by the rebles and taken to the bush. As Canadians I think we could make a difference, we seen these things and think wow that’s terrible but really do nothing about it. We can donate money and food to these highly dangerous places or even volunteers and soldiers to help out. I believe that there is things like this that could and should be done but no one has made that effort. As individuals we could simply donate some money and food, a little could go a long way. Someone that I know that puts in a effort is my mom, she always makes donations to the needy and fundraisers that donate to kids in need. Not a lot but still puts in a small effort. I think she bothers because it’s just a little something that could help someone else who is really in need and that makes her feel good. After learning about children soldiers I noticed people haven’t really made an effort to solve the issue. Yes this group of boys went out and documented what was happening to expose to the world but what did they really to do stop it. It was a very eye opening film but no one has really changed this situation.
I believe that we have taken a pretty good amount of responsibility. We have given apologies and taken responsibility for the things that happened in the past. But I don’t think any amount of apologizes or money can heal the wounds that have been brought to these groups. They have deep emotional scars and saying sorry might put a band-aid over the wound but it’s still going to have an impact on the rest of their lives. I think the apologizing gives the Aboriginals some closure though. The Canadian government has also given them reserves to live on where they don’t have to work or really do anything if that’s what they choose. The reserves aren’t very nice at all in my opinion, they sort of gave them bare minimum so they can just get by. Most of them can’t afford to leave the reserves even if they wished to do so. So yes we took responsibility and gave them homes and some money but they still don’t have very good living conditions and forever will have to deal with the effects of the past.
I really didn’t know anything about the history of Rwanda, before reading an article in class I didn’t even know it existed. The Rwanda genocide was something that occurred during the 1980’s. Rwanda was made up of two groups of people the Hutu people and the Tutsi people. When they first settled in Rwanda the term were just names to defer on who had more cattle. Then when European people came to colonize the Tutsi before the more european looking people and the people with more money and they Hutu were just everyone else. This took another turn when the Hutu president was killed and they thought that it was Tutsi rebels who did it. The Hutu then began to try and swipe out all Tutsi to get revenge for all that they had taken away from them. They would target young Tutsi children first to wipe out the next generation. They truly believed that they could torture and murder every Tutsi person. They would slaughter every single Tutsi person and just leave corpse laying wherever they were killed because they refused the bury the bodies. Thousands of Tutsi bodies littered the streets, exposed to all types of elements, dogs, rats, bugs, disease.
A legacy that was left behind was guilt to the rest of the world for not helping. They knew what was happening and did absolutely nothing to stop it. Because of their lack of efforts it caused over 1 million innocent people to be slaughtered. Eurocentrism and Capitalism were huge factors in this because the Tutsi people believed that because they were more educated looked more european and had much more money so they were considered to be more powerful. However only 10% was Tutsi people so when they voted it was a minority government and the Hutu over ruled in population.
The fact that the world knew this was happening and chose not to send help is disgusting to me. Like how they said in the movie, “People will see this and say wow that’s terrible and go on eating their dinner” and that’s exactly what happened. Yes the world felt terrible for what was happening but they still did nothing to help.
I think there could’ve been a lot done, there could’ve been soldiers sent there that could actually fight back and help. They could’ve send nurses and volunteers to help the wounded and could’ve rescued people. So many lives could’ve been saved if they would’ve have made an effort instead of hiding from the issue.
It has been traced all the way back to 500BC when people first settled in Afghanistan. Many different empires were established inside Afghanistan throughout this time period. Afghanistan was never colonized. People used it as a gate way to India which was connected highly with the Silk Road. In this time the Silk Road was very popular way to trade goods and knowledge. Having this Afghanistan was fairly popular. It was rich in natural resources like copper, iron, and rare-earth minerals. This created a want for the resources. When war outburst in Afghanistan against most of the United Nations due to terrorists attacks, it was known as the longest civil war known. Now Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world it is in war, high crime rate, poverty, child labour.
The quality of life in Afghanistan is terrible. 36% of the population is unemployed and half is living under the poverty line. Afghanistan is a huge target for terrorist attacks. Many people feel scared to even leave their homes because they fear of being killed. They don’t know if they can even walk down the street without a bomb going off or a suicide bomber. They never know when and where these things will happen, so they live in fear. The people of Afghanistan have fairly normal family lives similar to much of ours. They rely heavily on a close family, they have big families and the oldest male leads them. They live in large mud brick homes. 94% of Afghanistan’s population follows Islamic religion, this is the belief that there is only one God and that Muhammad is a messenger of God. No aboriginal peoples live in Afghanistan, 42% is Pashtuns the other ethnic groups that livet here are Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimak, Turkmen, Baloch, Pashai, Nuristani, Gujjar, Arab, Brahui, Pamiri. Along with all these ethnic groups could be different beliefs and religions.
Rwanda is somewhere that we have learned about that I think has some similarities to Afghanistan. There is war outbursts everywhere in Afghanistan similar to how there are in Rwanda. Rwanda had more disturbing outburst but they both have an extremely high crime rate. They both also barely have any form of government, both of these places have very low quality of life and no one would want to be going to either of these places. Soilders are found in both of these places almost all of the time, waiting for more attacks and war outbursts.
When I first seen the videos on the colten miners and e-waste I was very shocked. It’s so disgusting to me how in our society we are wasting and throwong things away because it isn’t the best and newst thing out there when there are people like the colten miners who are hardly able to survive. The colten miners are miners who are looking for a precious mineral that goes into the circut board of our devices. They have absolute terrible working condition like having to walk through forests for 40miles with bags that weigh 50K. Then workers get one meal a day and they don’t typically work for money because they trade whatever they can for food. The soilders will steal the miners hard worked earnings or hold them at gun point until they give up any mineral they’ve collected. The miners have absolutely no protective equiptment to keep them from being harmed in the mines. E-waste releases harmful toxins, it contaminates the water,soil and endangers everyones health. There are young kids working with these harmful toxins in closed rooms for hours on end. This is why it’s so awful that these people have such conditions to face and have to try and survive under those circumstamnces and we don’t worry about what goes into the process of getting these new devices, just that we have the newest thing out there.
To me the picture indicates that recent trends in communication have been very slim. Due to the increasing amount of technology use people are forgetting how to have face to face human communication. I’m guilty myself when out for supper or out with friends everyone is sitting around face in their phones more focused on what’s on snapchat than what’s happening in real life. Or when at a concert everyone is basically viewing the concert through a phone rather than living in the moment for real Einstein defiantly predicted correctly because technology has surpassed human interaction. The generation we live in people especially teens can’t hardly function without their phones. We are so obsessed with technology that some would rather be absorbed in the internet then have human interaction.
In the cartoon the boy is talking to an Aboriginal girl and say to her that she doesnt look Indian. In my opinion I with that this is an example of sterotyping. I belive that movies and social meida have built this idea how Aboriginal people should look a certian way and that they act and dress a certian way. Like in movies that have Aboriginal characters in it they always have like feathers and face paint and are doing chants. When really Aboriginal people are just the same as anyone else who has a diffrent culture or religion. It’s no diffrent then anyone else following a religion, people who are for say cathlic don’t look a certain way. I think this cartoon has a good message though that kids are believing what they see in the cyber world over how things are in real life.
For my symbol I chose 3 different things about myself to incorporate. For starters the seavc rattlers logo because it’s had a huge impact on my life. Since I was 10 or 11 I’ve always been doing different development camps through seavc rattlers and they’ve had a big impact on the player I have become and when I started club 3 years ago it really taught me how to grow as an athlete. That’s where the volleyball symbol comes in, it’s the largest part of my symbol because basically my whole childhood I’ve been drawn to volleyball and have involved myself in the sport. It has become a huge part of my life and I’m always wanting to do my best and grow as an athlete. I hope for my volleyball career to continue for more years to come. The last symbol is the eagle butte school logo because coming to a new school was a huge step for me. After going to the same school for 10 years then finally getting to high school was huge for me. I was really scared at first but I love the change so much and all the things that come along with being in high school.