Friday, 17 February 2012

A Good Cause

I'm almost sorry I couldn't let the week get by without a bit of activism but that would be a silly thing for me to do. Besides this isn't really too much in the way of activism, I'm here today to help spread awareness of something and I will be using quotes from fellow blogger (and all round awesome person) TayTay. The original blog can be found hither, and I also suggest following her blog anyway.

The point of this? It's fundraising. Now now keep reading please. There is a South African couple who were kidnapped by Somali pirates 14 months ago. That's right folks, fourteen, four-teen months ago. They're still there, and they need all the help they can get.
The ransom so far stands at four million dollars. Don't worry I'm not about to ask you to donate four million dollars. Though if one of you is secretly rich that would be awesome. This is something Tay said that I'm quoting directly "now let me just tell you that here we work in Rands, and the current exchange rate is something like R1=$8. Meaning that we have to raise something like R10 million. In order to help we can SMS the word SOS to 38417. It donates R10 (roughly $2,5) towards the fund. There is also a Facebook Page and a Website where you can find out more about them and you can hear the conversation that was recorded."

According to the website you can only text that if you are South African, but from the website as well there are details for how to make a direct bank transfer.

BANKING DETAILS
to make a direct transfer or EFT
a contribution of your own choice
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Florida Road, Durban Branch
Branch / IBAN Code:  22 05 26
(Universal Code 250655 may also be used)
Acc Name: SOS BRU and DEB TRUST
Acc. No: 6232 556 1505
( Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ)
They also have a Paypal option on there. Which is what I used.
I myself have just donated four euros to this. Which is a bit over five dollars (according to Google). Twice how much a text will get sent. It might not sound much, but it's something. It's also well documented how poor I am. If I can do this, can you not find it in your heart to do the same? I only donated that much because that's all I have. I may give some more when I get more money. I don't know how much influence I have, but hopefully I can get someone to donate something, as the worlds second most evil supermarket say, "every little helps."
I'm a strong believer of "pics or it didn't happen."

45 comments:

  1. I heard about this months ago, and don't know why I assumed they were released by now. This is horrible.

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    1. Even months ago I would have assumed they were home by now. I mean, fourteen months? Come on.

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  2. I'll have a think and possibly donate something over the weekend, good work though.....

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  3. Fourteen months? I haven't seen anything on this in the news just yet. I should probably send it in, "go cover this will ya".

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    1. I doubt they'd offer airtime to a South African couple which is why it's not been on there before. Besides after fourteen months most would give up on them ever getting back.

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  4. I have questions that I'm sure I can answer by clicking on the links, but off the top of my head I'm wondering when was the last time that documented proof of them still being alive was provided. It is lovely that you chose to give and you're right, if there's not a picture, it didn't happen. I'll talk to the Hubby about this and see what he says.

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    1. I haven't heard the radio thing Tay mentioned but I think that is pretty recent. I think even if there is no documented proof they are alive at this point, human life is worth the chance that they are.

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    2. You're right. No one should give up on them. It's just so unbelievably bad that the SA government is doing nothing to help locate this couple. I read TayTay's post and the only thing they're doing is providing counselling for the families. Counselling isn't going to cut it, these people need to be brought home.

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    3. The family last had a conversation with the couple about 2 weeks ago. Hopefully they are still alive... I get very worried though because I was in a similar (yet sort of different) situation for 8 hours and I came rather insane. Who knows what they've done to them... And who knows what the couple will be like if (hopefully when) they are released.
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  5. I can't believe they're still there. When something comes on the news, for a couple of weeks (if that) everyone will act shocked or horrified. After that, we forget to give a shit. Fourteen months?! I feel like a terrible human being.

    GM x

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    1. Don't feel like a terrible human being, you aren't as bad as the people that have been holding them for that long. It's just the way the media works really. It's how they handle everything.

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  6. i wanna be a pirate... wheres the job application to become a pirate

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    1. I wanna be the swashbuckling kind, not the kind who hold people at gun point for this long.

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  7. "Pics or it didn't happen" is a great policy to have.

    I hope this couple is brought back home safely.

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    1. I feel the same, on both counts.

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  8. Terribly horrible! But wait, does the government or any other government or UN do nothing about it? If that is the fact, it'd be a disgusting truth.

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    1. The South African government is only providing counselling to the victims families and IF they come home, they too will get counselling. But that's it. That's all.

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    2. *cracks knuckles* if I ever get a chance to have a little chat to someone from our government...

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  9. I wish the couple well. But I do hope they would rescue them and not have to pay the ransom.

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    1. That would be nice but as long as they can get home, that's the most important thing.

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  10. I wish I could help, but I have no money. :/

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  11. I don't know. How do you know they'll be released safely.

    Actually, do we have proof that they're still alive?

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    1. I think the interview featured on the website is very recent. I'm not sure how much proof we have.

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  12. You're trying to help these two, sure, but I think you can extrapolate for yourself the long-term consequences of allowing this to be a lucrative means of income for the pirates.

    If they don't get paid for kidnapping, they won't kidnap.

    Example: I sneak into my neighbor's yard and steal his dog. I demand a ransom.

    A) He tells me to get lost. I realize dog-napping isn't a money-maker like I thought it would be. I don't steal anymore dogs.

    B) He gives me his life's savings to return his precious wittle snookems. I take the stash of cash, skip town, and scout out another wealthy household. Rinse and repeat.

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    1. I do agree, and normally I would take that view, but these people aren't exactly well reasoned. If they were going to give up and release them they would have done it by now, they also would probably kill them to send a message instead of just releasing them. Sometimes the simple way out just has to do.

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    2. I also agree but I think this family is so desperate to get their loved ones back that they'll just pay the money just to get them home safely.

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    3. Why do you think they aren't well reasoned? Just because they are criminals? That doesn't indicate anything one way or the other regarding their level of intelligence. Giving up doesn't mean releasing them with a "Nothing personal. Off you go" and a pat on the back.
      Going back to the example I used, in Option A I still kill the dog. That guy isn't willing to pay me? Ok, but I don't rewarded with his dog back either.

      TayTay, I understand that. The family would have to be some real cold-hearted people to turn their backs on the couple, but the rest of us should look at the bigger picture.

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    4. If I took a hostage I admit I would kill them rather than just release them if I thought that there was no way I was going to get the money. If you don't stick with your threats then no one will believe you next time. I guess as well that they don't really get many chances to take people hostage, most people avoid that area now, so they have to stick with the few ones they do get no matter how long it takes. I suppose I meant more that they can't be reasoned with, I don't see them being talked into safely releasing the hostages so we have three choices; mount a rescue operation, which the SA government won't do, generate the ransom, or stop caring. Frankly now I've started caring, I can't not care.

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  13. What I don't get at all is how the pirates are actually acknowledged. Everyone knows that there are dangerous Somali pirates around, but international bodies seem to be doing nothing about their atrocities.

    I do hope that the kidnapped folks return safely, though.

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    1. Well I think that American Seals have taken back their own hostages, but they don't really care about some South African couple. I hope they get returned too.

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  14. 14 MONTHS? Holy shit, that's...insane, just freakin' insane. Are you sure they haven't become pirates themselves at this rate?

    Like seriously, just gimme a fuckin' job if you're going to hold me for 14 months. I mean I can't even wrap my head around that concept.

    Huh. Well, now that I'm aware of this I'll do my best to send out some positive vibes towards this situation! May SOMEONE FREAKING DO SOMETHING ALREADY and get those people free!

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    1. I think we can be glad that for some reason or another the pirates haven't killed them yet because it's just been so long.

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    2. You guys should watch Proof of Life [2000]. One character, Kessler, had been in captivity for 19 months. It is a fiction, but it shouldn't be beyond your imagination that stuff like this can be real.

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    3. If we're talking fiction we're talking Artemis Fowl. His father was held captive by the Russian Mafia for years. If it's someone rich enough or powerful enough, I can see them being kept for so long, but I guess I just never envisioned it happening with random people.

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  15. These are the pirates that should disappear, not the internet pirates.

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  16. damn, this stills happens on EARTH in the 21st century is astonishing =/

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    1. There's a lot of shit that happens that shouldn't.

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  17. @TayTay Thank you for all the extra info ^^

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  18. You are a fine gentleman for assisting in this.

    I am of the same mindset as Henry, but I have a bleeding heart for victims of such madness.

    That said, I would give money if I could afford to. Unfortunately, I don't have the resources for that or a cellphone to sms the message SOS to.

    If I were ultra-rich, I would fly down, confer with the family, then choose to either pay the ransom outright or figure a way to rescue them on my own.

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    1. There are probably several ways to attempt to rescue them, but if people aren't going to take it then not much choice is left. Usually I too would be looking at the bigger picture involved here and not caring about someone who I don't know but Tay was passionate about it, and I wanted to support her, so she has my support. Plus if I was the one being held hostage, I'd like to think people wouldn't be all "Hey I don't know him, so why should I care?"

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