Tuesday, 7 February 2012


I had an opportunity to take part in training about child protection the other day. It was very interesting but there were times when I wanted to cover my ears when the trainer was talking about actual cases he dealt with where vulnerable kids were badly abused. I am not going to go into details but you would probably have the same reaction like me. It's heartbreaking to know the reality some kids are going through.

One of the interesting things mentioned in the training was that there are different type and degree of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect) and people who abuse children often think there is nothing wrong with it. That can be explained as religious/cultural reasons or personal perspective and that made me think that what's happening now in Japan is not an exception.

The situation with the nuclear reactors is still devastating. Obviously I am not an expert but people don't seem to be given the correct information by the media or government. People are exposed to radiation including children who don't have their own choice. I personally think this is actually sort of abuse by the government and I just hope that these kids are given the right opportunity to live their life healthily and happy.

I popped into a charity called action for children on the way to the tube from work today. (I always walk right past the building but never thought about popping in all these years! Isn't that funny?) It's great to know that there are people out there who are committed to help out those kids in need. I am thinking about getting involved in some way.

It's a bit different from what I normally write but just wanted to share my thoughts today.... (and thanks for reading it! :)

(Images: Me and Tom when we were kids - happy days!)





今日仕事の帰りにaction for childrenというチャリティ団体のビルにちょこっと立ち寄ってみた。(ここ何年も歩いている道なのにいままで一回も立ち寄ろうなんて今日まで思ったこともなかった!)



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