aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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iraqi children
Posted by dav at 2003 February 22 03:30 PM
File under: Thoughts

A good article on the Guerrilla News Network website that tells of an international team that went to Baghdad to investigate the state of Iraq's children on the eve of war when over a decade of sanctions has already severely dimished the quality of life compared to before the 1991 war. It also has few paragraphs that speak candidly about what it is like to be a journalist in Iraq right now and the difficulty in getting citizens to give honest answers when their every utterance is monitored by the government.

It should come as no surprise that the mental health of Iraqi kids is not good. In response to the question, "Do you worry that you might not live to be an adult?" 96% of kids said yes, although the degree to which they worried varied from a little to all the time. The full results of this study are really worth checking out on the WarChild Canada website.

It is heartbreaking to see five year-old children talk about their fear of being bombed, especially when right after that they start talking about something really childish and you see how with these adult thoughts of war banging around in their head, the child-part of this isn't going to last very long. The threat of war is robbing them of a future. It is also sad to hear about the break down in communication between parents and children. Most things, we think in our Western-Oprah-therapy way will be better if we just get if out in the open and talk about it. This isn't really the case in places like Iraq. How do you explain to your children (when you are stressed-out and terrified yourself) that, yes, there may well be a war and, yes, you will be bombed and people will indeed die? There's no Dr. Suess story for that.


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