Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Flood!

Lately, in my home town Wanganui, there has been some very heavy rainfall. On the 15th of October the flood started. It was only minor at first, but soon sandbags were needed, A LOT of sandbags! The army came to help lay the sandbags out all night long. The flood has over-run the city's beloved Kowhai park, but before the flood the sewer shut it down. The flood rose to 9 metres, up to the foot path near the river. Now Anzac Parade from the Dublin Street bridge are closed off, so now people are waiting a while to get home. 120 Homes were evacuated due to the flooding. Around 50 businesses were unable to go back to their properties.

The FLOOD! on PhotoPeach

Will we ever learn? (#13stubc)

                                                               Human Rights

Human rights.... I have been asked to explain why Article 1 is wrong. "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." REALLY? Can't you people see what's happening in Syria or Somalia? Due to war, kids are lying flat on their backs whining for food or a warm home, it's the only thing they can do. Yet I'm at home with a full tummy and warmth thought out my body. Hang on, doesn't that contradict Article one? 

After World War 2 you would have thought the world would have learnt...... But we have continued to have wars (Vietnam, Afghanistan and Syria) fighting for who knows what? Adolf Hitler murdered over 11 million people most of them were Jews - why? Hitler sure did show the spirit of brother hood. Once those atomic bombs were dropped on Japan we should have known better to stop this world from collapsing. But it's as if we don't care about who is dying and where. We've giving up, not caring about anything and in many cases wanting more from others.  


Look at the two images - Equal?
We are not born equal. Look at the state of this child in Somalia. Do you think that's being born equal? NO! When kids in African nations are sick, they stay sick, unless it's very severe then they might get medicine. They don't get anything, until it's like they might die in a few hours. Children in New Zealand (and other country's) are born in hospitals. However, in countries such as East Timor, Somalia and Syria, children are often born in horrible conditions. They're also not getting the food they need. No one is really getting what they need. Due to the lack of resources. Resources you ask? Well you know, medicine, doctors and hospitals - that kind of thing. We have plenty in New Zealand, but for an example in Somalia it is unheard of. There are only hospitals for those who can afford it. We are not born equal, we as people should know that by now. You can't even walk around your own street feeling safe any more. It's as if you'll never feel safe anywhere.
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." Nope not right. We are not born equal. Take somewhere like New Zealand where it's compulsory to go to School. In many East African nations you have to walk at least 7-8 km to get to School. Some children don't get to go to School there, they have to stay home to look after their sick family members. People are shooting each other in both developing and developed nations, and you're saying we should have to act towards the spirit of brotherhood. How is that showing it? There's no way you can like go down the road for a little walk these days without the threat of being beaten up. That's not demonstrating brotherhood, because we can't trust each other in a brotherly way. The world has to put a stop to this. Will we ever learn? We have too!  

By Rose Hird

My Teacher.