Archive for the 'War' Category

01
Jun
17

“I Am Not A Number”

I Am Not a Number: A Refugee’s Tale: Nujeen Mustafa

Also:

Escape from Syria

Today, 1 in 113 people are refugees. In fact there are over 21 million refugees or asylum seekers world wide, and over half are under the age of 18.

Born with cerebral palsy, 16 year old Nujeen Mustafa had barely left her family’s fifth floor apartment her entire life. But in 2014, as a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority, was forced to flee the violence in Aleppo. Christina Lamb tells the remarkable story of being a handicapped child refugee who nevertheless used her optimism and skills with the English language to negotiate with border police and authorities, and finally reaches Germany.

From here:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/nujeens-escape-from-syria/8575370

12
May
17

Albert’s Grave

In the cemetery photo included in my previous post, Albert’s headstone is visible: the third row back, third stone from the left.

Lareunion

Here is an enlargement with Albert’s memorial indicated with a red +

Lareunion edit

11
May
17

In Memory of a Cousin (who I never got to know)

On 11th May 1943, Albert Smith, aged 19, “died of wounds” at Oued Athmenia in Algeria, he was buried there and later reinterred in La Reunion War Cemetery.

His regiment was serving around Bou Arada in Tunisia. It is most likely that his wounds were received there requiring his evacuation to the 31 British General Hospital in Oued Athmenia.

From the war diary of Albert’s regiment, the following entry for 9th May possibly refers to the cause of Albert’s fatal wounds:

1 O.R. (other ranks) wounded by landmine.

I’m intending to apply for a copy of Albert’s service record which will hopefully confirm (or otherwise) whether that diary entry is referring to Albert.
Initially I was a little doubtful considering the distance between the mine incident and the place Albert died, but I later found that medical evacuations in that area were quite efficient around that time.

25
Apr
17

On ANZAC day: Some overlooked realities behind the ANZAC myth.

Today is Anzac Day, commemorating the date of the landing of Anzac forces at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

While it is customary to remember the sacrifices made by a generation of young men in wartime, celebrating bravery and heroism, there is an aspect that is always ignored.

When we say ‘lest we forget’, we choose not to remember some very uncomfortable things.

What Does Glorifying The ANZAC Myth Say About Our Attitudes To Violent Men Today? by Nick Irving

http://junkee.com/what-does-glorifying-the-anzac-myth-say-about-our-attitudes-to-violent-men-today/76563

07
Apr
17

AWAY

I’ll be taking two weeks off and won’t be monitoring this blog while I’m away. Any comments submitted during that time won’t be passed through moderation until I return on 26th April.

It is possible that an article or two will be pre-scheduled to be posted during that time.

And just before I take time off, this happens:

US strikes Syrian airfield in first direct military action against Assad.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/trump-syria-missiles-assad-chemical-weapons

Considering the importance of this area with regard to biblical prophecies, it will be interesting to see where this escalation of hostilities leads.

06
Apr
17

Biblical Response to the Crisis in the Middle East

Biblical Response to the Crisis in the Middle East

What Is a Biblical Response to the Mounting Crisis in the Middle East? // Dalton Thomas from FAI on Vimeo.

 

From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him

 

05
Apr
17

Empathy and Evangelism in Days of Crisis, by Dalton Thomas

Empathy and Evangelism in Days of Crisis // Dalton Thomas from FAI on Vimeo.

 

Instead of allowing refugees to be portrayed as a threat to national security – a VERY secular, nationalistic approach; look from the vantage point of the Kingdom of God and the opportunities that are being created:

From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him

 




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