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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

London/UK Riots - Beauty and Sadness

All pictures from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

I'm not going to get into a huge post about the riots going on. It is unbelievable on so many levels.

 Of all the bad things that have happened, this picture disturbed me the most. See the little boy at the bottom clutching a bottle of wine. He looks like he's about the same age as my students. I'm going to throw out a rough estimate and say between 9-11 years old. If he's going to be looting at that age, I can't even imagine what his life would be like. The usual questions of - Where are his parents? What is he doing out amongst all this? 

Maybe it's not for him...maybe maybe maybe... Maybe he's from a good home and got caught up in all of this chaos and made a bad choice... Maybe maybe maybe...Maybe it was a dare from friends not pictured... Maybe he's never had a sip and wants to try it out...

Whatever it is... someone is failing him.

Amongst all the chaos, the sadness, the destruction...there is a light. There are people who are willing to take back their cities. There are people willing to clean up the mess made by others. There are people who won't be intimidated and who will protect themselves and their families.

And that is the beauty in the breakdown.

1 comment:

  1. HC.

    Such sad times in London. Clapham Junction where I used to live was hit really hard. The picture with the brooms above is about 50metres from my old work and about 600m from where I used to live.

    Hope all is good with you


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