Today was sickening. There were three disgusting events that made me feel physically revolted when I watched them on the news. Can you guess them, those of you playing at home?
One: The footage of yet another Syrian civilian, blood smothered and dusty, trapped by the remnants of his shelled house. Today, the civilian is a child. Too young to be injured like this, too young to be exposed to so much death, so much darkness and desperation. Along with this footage, we are told of the ‘successful’ escape of the injured photographer, Paul Conroy, who was working with Marie Colvin, a Times journalist who was killed last week. Last week when they reported her death and that of photographer Remi Ochlik, I yelled in sheer frustration at the radio, “Civilians are dying every day!” I now regret that outburst. Journalists that are brave (some might say stupid, careless?) enough to report from this war zone are the reason we know what is happening, the reason we have these horrific images – horrific but real – images out in the media. We need their news, pictures, footage, or the darkness will win.
The current status of three other reporters, one known to have been injured, is unknown. They were separated in the rescue attempts, which was carried about by Syrian opposition activists. It is reported that 13 of these activists died during this mission, of literally, carrying Paul Conroy out to safety. People are dying to save these international journalists! And I understand why! If you can’t get word out to the rest of the world of the absolute horror, death and tyranny that is occurring in your country, what is there left to do?
Two: The footage of cattle being slaughtered in disgustingly inhumane conditions in Indonesia. Cattle that has been exported live from Australia. Chopped up whilst still alive, having their throats cut in a poorly executed manner, leaving them to a slow death after so much suffering endured (presumably) from the time they leave our shores. Any person with a heart, with a pet, with any skerrick of compassion in them, could only watch these scenes with disgust. I could hardly watch them as they were replayed over and over throughout ABC’s morning coverage. I looked at my beautiful, smiling, Staffy, and shoved the idea of him in pain far from my mind.
Three: 18 Shiite Muslims were murdered by gunmen in Pakistan. Murdered because they were Shiite Muslims, reportedly killed by those of the Sunni majority. Taken off a bus, killed for their faith. Disgusting, unbelievable, shocking.
There is bad news every day, and there are atrocities happening all over the world, and we don’t even know about it.
The problem is, that for some time leading up to today I was planning on writing a blog about China, and the Epoch Times. Maybe I’ll still tell you about that anyway. I was going to talk about what has been reported in the Epoch Times for many, many years – the human rights violations, the murder, the use of persecuted Chinese people, such as prisoners, Tibetan Buddhists, but mostly Falun Gong practitioners as living organ donors. Have you heard about this, I was going to say? Have you heard that this has been happening in China?
People are being used as lab rats, they are being use as LIVING ORGAN DONORS. How can I not know about this you might ask? How is this not making headlines EVERY DAY, along with Syria and all the other dreadful stories?
I starting taking an Epoch Times off its quiet, passive distributors on my way home from uni, back in 2003. Back then, the first article that caught my attention was about this organ harvesting. The Epoch Times is a newspaper printed in many languages, but predominantly will report on news coming out of China, for the Chinese living away from their home, and to educate foreigners about issues being reported from China, stories that are often leaked, or at least only safe to be written about from outside the country. This week’s Epoch Times is still headlining this organ harvesting, as a former major Doctor of these practices defects and seeks protection from the US.
Falun Gong is like Tai Chi, it is spiritual practice and exercise, and its adherents have been persecuted, many imprisoned without reason or trial since 1999. The imprisoned live in camps, and many are never seen by their families again once they have been taken.
The international community has long condemned the treatment of Falun Gong members, and it has been internationally recognised that organ harvesting IS happening. Chinese people can buy a new organ for big bucks, and ‘hospitals’ can literally have a matching organ ‘donor’ in days. They are made to order practically, as there are thousands of possible imprisoned ‘donors’ to be chosen from, executed, used for their organs, and discarded. However, for whatever political or economic reasons, the international community is ignoring this issue that has been known about for far too long, as unjustly imprisoned Chinese citizens sit in prisons somewhere, hoping that their blood type and organ health will not be needed the next day for some unknowing person needing, or wanting, a new, healthier organ.
Please watch the following video (taken from the Toilet Paper), research this issue, talk about it, and pick up the Epoch Times when next you see it distributed.