Friday, 22 August 2014

Because I am a Mother

There are and have always been many atrocities committed in war. In the name of religion. In the name of freedom. In the name of independence. In the face of conflict, children inevitably are injured and worse still, killed.

I will apologise for this post now. It probably doesn't belong here in this blog that aims to look at the lighter side of life and to joke about modern parenthood and juggling the shit out of life.

None of these things really matter when you open your eyes.



Countless other conflicts today. Just a plane ride away.

Today I saw on Twitter a baby being dug up from the rubble. A bomb blew a building to pieces; concrete and dust covered it's tiny face, people frantic trying to pull it out alive with no hope. A dead baby.

Don't flick to something else because you don't want to read about it. I won't be posting any photos here. I often press the back button on my laptop, return, escape - I don't want to see it. The reality is there is no escape for these children.

Social media means that we can now see all of this; live if we like.

I don't look.

I can't bear it.

I am not anti-semitic.

I am not pro-Palestine.

I am not anti-Islam.

I am not a Christian.

I don't bear grudges.

But because I am a mother it pains me. I can't fight every fight. And I can't even write properly about this.

Because I am a mother I can empathise, and no, I don't understand why this happens. I don't care who did what first. I only know that weapons, violence, from any side is wrong.

You don't have to tell me that the British Empire was the most exploitative regime. You don't have to tell me about February 1945, Dresden. I know about Kenya in the 50s and famine in India. You don't have to tell me.

Because I know. I feel it. And I am not them; I wasn't there.

But what I am is a mother, for sure. And when I saw that dead baby being dug out of the rubble...I knew that this is something we can not ignore.


  1. It does belong on the blog Kerry because it is happening, just as our lives are going on it is happening and we need to take note. I, like you, don't claim to know the finer details. I like you think that violence is wrong. Full stop.

  2. I totally agree with this post. I'm not well educated on the cause, I'm not for or against either side, I just want it to stop! Like you, because I am a mother x


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