AKIの気ままなDaily Life
~を犠牲にしても:at the expense of

Last night, I watched TV program that featured a company which contributed to help people in need all over the world. The company invented a kind of powder to purify contaminated water and used it to help people’s lives.

The program broadcasted not only how the company struggled and contributed in poor condition but also how bad people’s life was in some countries.

One of the poorest countries it featured was Somalia. There has been internal war for a long time and citizens moved to different safer place to flee the war. A 38 year old woman has six children and said “It took 5 days to arrive here on foot. My husband was sick and I had no choice but leaving him. So I have to take care of my children by myself.” without any smiles, of course. There seem to be no dream and even no hope there. I even couldn’t imagine if I were her. I don’t know what I would talk about with six children despite the fact that there is no dream around us and I don’t know if I would be able to raise and protect six children at the expense of my life if I were here. However, she is trying to overcome and life together. I feel like I am really silly because I am sometimes complaining about my life even in Japan.

A lot of people are struggling with a bleak prospect in harsh reality. They lead their life, using contaminated water from a river. The water is so dirty that the color of it looked different from what we are used to seeing. I almost looked away from the scene that children were collect water from the contaminated river and drinking without any hesitation.

I don’t know what I can do for them and I don’t think what I can do makes a big difference even though I would take a small step to do something for them. However, I don’t want to forget exist of poor people and I will try to appreciate what I’m given each time when I eat something.

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