I'm putting this here for a friend of mine who wants to make a difference in the world........
Please send me to Gaza
Hi my name is Sarah Strudwick and I am an activist and writer on the subject of abuse, including children. My skills include avid social media blogging, and raising awareness of issues both home and abroad.
The harsh reality is that without your support I am cannot go so I'll try to keep the message short and sweet.
I've just been accepted on the convoy to Gaza which was organised by Harry Fear a journalist who lives and works in Gaza.
Many people in the UK and worldwide have been oblivious to the atrocities that happen in Gaza on a daily basis due to the fact that its rarely covered in mainstream news and often the news is biased. Thirty years ago I lived in Israel and saw what was happening first hand. Over the years things have become substantially worse ! As a result I have had a keen interest in observing what is happening albeit at a distance.
Its because of activists who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness that those who have had NO VOICE encourage others who are prepared to raise their voice for them, thus educating the more people about the atrocities.
These atrocities include: living in an open prison, and dealing with war on a daily basis and abuse of children and basic human rights. In addition Israel kidnaps approximately 760 children a year, and there are currently 243 Palestinian children under the age of 18, including 42 children under the age of 16, who are still imprisoned by Israel. I have refrained from posting graphic images on here.
Watch Harry explain his own reasons for helping describing what he saw in the mortuary.
Being accepted on the Convoy gives me the opportunity to see things first hand AND do something practical to help spread awareness on my return. My reasons for wanting to volunteer are too long to list, however to sum it up in a few words despite the potential risks involved.
Sometimes we have no choice but to follow our moral compass.
Its not always about taking sides but is about doing what is right!
A personal message
In my humble opinion I believe its our responsibility as citizens of this earth to do the best that we can but that does NOT mean having Stockholm syndrome or being codependent enablers of psychopathic behaviour.. By not telling people and not protecting those that are most vulnerable we are all part of the problem and complicit. We become nothing more than "enablers"