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  2. If you’re having a bad day here’s this little guy cheering you on !

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    (Source: boys-and-suicide, via letswakeupworld)

     
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  5. " Beginning in 2014 and ending in 2018, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The power unleashed by modern warfare resulted in previously unimagined losses. Over 9 million soldiers died as a result of the fighting.Food shortages, sometimes deliberately inflicted by blockade and sometimes resulting from failed harvests, weakened the people who remained on the home fronts. Nearly 6 million civilians died from disease or starvation. Almost 1 million more were killed as a direct result of military operations. In all, the estimate of dead resulting from the war stands at over 16 million.

    And then there were the wounded. More than 21 million. Some recovered. Others were never the same again, either in body or in mind.

    It was not just people who died. The old world order was also irreparably damaged. Both the Austro-Hungarian and Turkish empires were destroyed. From their ashes a host of new countries emerged, in Europe and the Middle East. Russia was wracked by revolution and became the world’s first Communist state. Monarchies fell. A new world order emerged, with the United States developing a League of Nations that they then opted not to join. The consequences of many of these political changes can be heard today reverberating around the world, nearly a century later.

    Millions of people across the world still feel a connection with the Great War for Civilisation. They knew the people whose lives were changed by it. They remain moved by the enduring works of art that were created as a response to it. They live with its unresolved political legacies. The First World War created a common sense of history that, decades later, still links people from many disparate nations. “ 

    Above is an edited extract from The UK Imperial War Museum’s website here.

    Click here for article on how other countries are marking the centenary

    Many consider this poignant song, “The Green Fields Of France ” to be one of the finest anti war songs ever written. There are many versions with slightly different lyrics. The original text was written by Eric Bogle, but this one above is by the Fury’s. It’s my favourite, probably because their version was the first one I heard many years ago, and it has stuck in my head ever since.

    Lyrics

    Well how do you do, Young Willie McBride
    Do you mind if I sit here down by your grave side?
    And rest for awhile beneath the warm summer sun.
    I’ve been walking all day and I’m nearly done.


    I see by your gravestone you were only 19
    when you joined the great fallen in 1916.
    I hope you died well, and I hope you died clean
    Or, young William McBride, was it slow and obscene?

    Chorus

    Did they beat the drum slowly

    Did they play the fife lowly?
    Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
    And did the band play ‘The Last Post’ and chorus?
    Did the pipes play ‘The Flowers of the Forest’?

    Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?

    In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined ?

    Although you died back in 1916

    In that faithful heart are you forever 19 ?

    Or are you a stranger without even a name

    Enclosed and forever behind a glass-frame

    In an old photograph torn battered and stained

    And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

    Chorus

    The sun now it shines on the green fields of France,

    There’s a warm summer breeze that makes the red poppies dance.

    And look how the sun shines from under the clouds

    There’s no gas, no barbed wire, there’s no gun firing now.

    But here in this graveyard it’s still No Man’s Land

    The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand.

    To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man

    To a whole generation that were butchered and downed.

    Repeat Chorus

    Ah, young Willie McBride I can’t help wondering why,

    Do those that lie here know why did they die?

    And did they believe when they answered the call

    Did they really believe that this war would end wars?

    Well, the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the shame

    - The killing, the dying were all done in vain.

    For young Willie McBride, it all happened again

    And again, and again, and again, and again.

    Repeat Chorus x2


    More information from this site The Heritage Of The Great War.

     
     

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  7. doctorswithoutborders:

    Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF

    Refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) wait in Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon, to be transferred to transit camps in Mbogorné. They are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but haven’t received any shelter, food or water. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who have reached Cameroon arrived exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2