I called in to "John Gormley Live" and the topic on that part of the show was on the Somalia famine. Out of everyone that called, I was the only one who brought up the issue of desensitization. If you think about it, we have become desensitized because of all the images on TV, newspaper, Internet, and other forms of media. You have Oxfam, World Vision, Foster Parents Plan, ChildFun (formerly Christian Children's Fund), and others. They show these images and it's like we think "that's unfortunate," but it doesn't really make use feel like doing anything to help.
We have this attitude of "I'll do it tomorrow." But tomorrow turns into the next day or the day after that. We have become so busy in our lives that it skips our minds to do something. I myself have done the World Vision 30 Hour Famine a couple of times. So I have done something to help. It may not been a lot, but it was something. Other people think that we should help out our own community before we help out anyone else. But it's good to help out your fellow man because one day you might need the help.
I understand where they are coming from, but you have to balance out where you put your time and give your money too. Right now, we are in a vastly better situation for the most part than those in Somalia. Something needs to be done to ensure that the money and aid gets to the people that need and not in the hands of the corrupt.