A WORLD IN SOR­ROW

Augustman - - Editor’s Note -

THE WORLD IS GRIEV­ING. Last June saw the blood­i­est at­tack, the most cal­cu­lated and bru­tal air­port strike at Is­tan­bul Atatürk Air­port that saw 42 dead and 230 in­jured. It was the 14th ter­ror at­tack in Turkey in the last year, and the umpteenth around the world. Hearts are heavy with many things, from sur­vival guilt, to priv­i­leged guilt, to anger, sor­row, fear and de­spair. What’s terrifying is that this was clearly an at­tack based on the one in Brus­sels’ air­port, af­ter which the plan­ners de­cided that mul­ti­ple bomb at­tacks in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions of the air­port would cause more dev­as­ta­tion. Es­ca­la­tion has never been a pos­si­bil­ity in these sit­u­a­tions, but the ma­li­cious­ness of the at­tacks makes one sick to the stom­ach.

It’s even more egre­gious that this oc­curs on the eve of Rio. Af­ter all, the Olympics were orig­i­nally en­vi­sioned as a way to hold tem­po­rary truces be­tween war­ring states, bring­ing to­gether the lead­ers in the hope that a res­o­lu­tion could be found as the sport­ing event took place. Try suggest­ing that to­day.

All around the world to­day, we’re feel­ing less se­cure than we were just half a year go, whether in a sports sta­dium, a restau­rant or the neigh­bour­hood club, and much less in a fa­cil­ity like an air­port. Where we may have frowned on the in­con­ve­nience of se­cu­rity mea­sures be­fore, we now ac­cept the stricter lev­els of clear­ance im­posed at travel ports to­day, be it marine, air or land cus­toms.

But more needs to change. These set­ups are not just cost­ing end­less in­no­cent lives but also de­stroy­ing the man­date of lib­eral gov­ern­ments who be­lieve the world’s best fu­ture lies in peace, not war. It’s al­low­ing ex­treme gov­ern­ments to get away with vi­o­lent acts that have noth­ing to do with dis­rupt­ing ter­ror­ism, all in the name of pre­vent­ing such acts.

On the ground, in­stead of feel­ing pow­er­less, peo­ple want to do some­thing to make this world a bet­ter place. And while we aren’t in a po­si­tion to help Turkey, there are things we can do in our own neigh­bour­hood. Right now, we’re work­ing with lo­cally de­vel­oped char­ity Global Clinic to pro­vide med­i­cal care to the des­ti­tute in South­east Asia. These are peo­ple who can’t af­ford to go with­out work, but who can’t work due to var­i­ous health is­sues, which means some­one else can’t work ei­ther in or­der to take care of them. A small con­tri­bu­tion from you would give them the chance to break free of the loop and re­turn to a func­tional life. It’s the cost of a shirt, a pair of shoes, or a nice meal at a restau­rant but for these peo­ple, it’s a life. If you’d like to as­sist, log on to do­nate.au­gust­man.com or sup­port.au­gust­man.com and take ac­tion. In a world that’s griev­ing, it would be nice to bring some kind­ness and a smile to some­one’s life.

DAR­REN HO MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR dar­ren.ho@burda.com.sg In­sta­gram: @Dar­renHo Twit­ter: @Dar­renJYHo

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