Anais Mutumba
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Aleppo - The Day Syria Broke My Heart... Again

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (10:56)

I've read the statistics. I've seen the news reports. But I don't allow myself to dwell on it. I have a journalist bubble. I read the horrifying detail - I see the images meant to shock - I notice the lack of coverage when it's not "news-worthy" enough. But I retreat to my bubble when I'm done. I retreat because I care. Too much. And if I allow myself to feel. To think of the one then I'll never stop. The mother who loses a son. The child that suddenly becomes an orphan. The family who have their home reduced to a pile of rubble. It's easier then to change the channel to the latest episode of New Girl or any of the myriad of shows I watch. To get on with my day. Less burdened.

Why do I retreat? Because if I don't, I'll never get up from the floor for crying. How do I know that? Because I recently allowed myself to really read the news, to pray for everyone as I sit watching helpless to change their fate because of an incredible movement #MiddayBabyMidday. It's a movement where everyone prays at 12pm for a specific region of their choosing (and more recently a monthly shift of location by calendar). So that, taking into account all time zones, there's someone somewhere in the world praying.

Escaping my bubble has side effects though, and this recent Channel 4 coverage had me crying all of last night. Just when I thought I had stopped crying, I'd start again. Uncontrollable sobs and I'm not even there. I'm not the one holding my son in a blue sheet. Thousands upon thousands of families whose stories may never be heard. Whose tears flow constantly. Trying to live. Trying to escape. Can we blame them? Can we honestly look at news footage - heavily edited and often missing context though it is - and be surprised that a father wants better for his son? That a family would rather die trying to leave than stay in daily hell? Not sure if tomorrow brings death or another day of survival?

Knowing that our government is behind this the day we opted to bomb Syria is even more heartbreaking. That so much money is being spent literally destroying lives. I have said it before and I'll say it again. We have one of the best intelligence agencies in the world. Could we not have tried that? First. And if we have. Could we not have voted including the public? And not just politicians with ulterior motives?

Muhammad just wanted to play with his older brothers Mahmoud and Amar. And to know that he couldn't is why these tears flow as I write this. Feeling helpless. Unable to physically do anything to stop this. Knowing thousands more have lost their Muhammad's in excruciating ways, in sudden ways, caught in a war they never started.

Maybe I should retreat to my journalist bubble but feeling is better than ignoring. Remembering the one and praying for them is better than hiding behind my keyboard. I think that Kleenex will make a lot of money out of me though.

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Fifteen Things I Learnt in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2016 | (22:27)

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2015 was probably one of the worst years of my life. I know, a bit of a depressing start to this blog plost. The thing about 2015 is despite the many valleys and storms, there was just something so beautiful and amazing about...

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Fourteen Things I Learnt in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 1 January 2015 | (22:55)

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2014 has been unexpected. Dreams I didn't even know I had I've accomplished, friendships I didn't know I needed I've gained and memories I will never forget I've made.

So without further ado....here are 14 things I learnt in 2014:

1. "Muamua Le...

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The EU - Should We Stay or Should We Go?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (17:51)

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The EU Referendum Bill has been blocked by the House of Lords.
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A ban on bent bananas and cucumbers, a demand for Oktoberfest barmaids to cover up, the banning of corgis and other dogs and even in...

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Thirteen Things I Learnt In 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2013 | (19:08)

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I did this for the first time last year on my website, 12 things I learnt in 2012, and I think I might do this annually. There's always something to be thankful for and lessons to be learnt.

So...here...

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Nelson Mandela Remembered: A London Farewell

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:37)

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Nelson Mandela's friends and comrades paid tribute to the late former president on Wednesday in a London memorial service that was both distinctly British and infused with South African spirit.


Nelson Mandela.
A man who rose above his imperfections...

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Sun Editor David Dinsmore: 'We Dish It Out, We Have to Be Able to Take It'

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (20:19)

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The Sun's new editor David Dinsmore gave a refreshingly candid Q&A, in an age where editors are often mocked for not being willing to stick their head above the parapets, at the London Press Club on Tuesday. Over 50 people were in attendance...

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Voting: A Privilege or a Right?

(38) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (15:46)

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With the next general election approaching in 2015, the race is on to see who will next govern the British Isles. I've been passively watching and listening not voting and weighing in on the current...

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Goodbye, Finn Hudson

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2013 | (09:23)

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"I've never seen a crew that can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing."Ryan Murphy, Executive Producer

13 July 2013 was a sad day for most Gleeks as Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room after an...

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