Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Light for the world

In Ethiopia there is ONE opthalmologist for every ONE MILLION people. In Ethiopia there are 600,000 blind people whose eyesight could be restored by means of a relatively simple operation costing $40 per person. So why hasn't this been done already?

Consider for a moment how much money the so-called civilized World, in its self-gratifying climate of political hysteria takes from the public purse and wastes on manufacturing and developing more weapons of war than could ever possibly be needed. There is already in existence enough weaponry to wipe all human life off the face of the Earth almost overnight. And forever.

Clearly there can be no reasonable excuse that can be put forward for the impossible situation in which blind people find themselves in a country like Ethiopia. And the situation in several other African countries is even worse believe it or not. It's high time the West's politicians and bankers, to put it bluntly, got their finger out. Surely they can see that it's better to give than to destroy.

Tonight 15,000 runners, including blind runners, will run in Vienna's Night Run to raise awareness and much needed cash for the charity Licht für die Welt (Light for the World). www.licht-fuer-die-welt.at

People like eye doctor Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schuhmann (University Clinic Graz) work in Africa helping many thousands of children regain their lost eyesight. He has been actively involved with the charity for more than 20 years.

Every second blind child in the so-called Third World suffers from grey star (cataracts) and can be helped to see again with a relatively simple operation, says Prof. Schuhmann who has recently returned from Ethiopia. The charity is now building a clinic in Somalia where tens of thousands of blind people will for the first time be able to benefit from appropriate medical treatment.

The terrible facts (WHO statistics) are that two-thirds of the blind children in the Third World will die within 2 years of becoming blind. An operation costs €30, €10 provides a course of Vitamin A.

The WHO is working with VISION 2020 to prevent the number of blind people from doubling in the next 12 years.

When blind children can see again they look eagerly at their world with new eyes. And every time it is just like a small sunrise, says Prof. Schuhmann.


Poet in Residence said...

Position of winner Michael Schmidt
Position of Bard on the Run
Number of finishers who completed the course in the time allowed.
Number of Africans who will have their eyesight restored.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Regarding your comment on the Ackworth Half Marathon - it was started in honour of my father V A England - Vic(tor) to his racing cronies, Albert to his friends. Dad ran for Wakefield Harriers and specialised in long distance running.
A couple of my cousins have followed in his footsteps have run in the London Marathons a few times.

Poet in Residence said...

Many thanks for that Gerald. By the way re the Ackworth Half Marathon, Cyril Jones is stepping down. A new chairman has not yet been found. The 2009 race may be the 24th and last running of the race says Jones in the Castleford & Pontefract Express (18th March 2009). The paper's website will bring up Ackworth Half Marathon stories via the 'search box'. "Olympian to run in Ackworth..." I believe the relevant one begins.