Thursday, August 03, 2006

World Vision – No Vision

I was shocked and appalled to find last week that a constituent who sponsors a young child in Zambia has been censored and his correspondence with the boy deemed “unsuitable”.

The man, an ex-Major who served in Africa during the Second World War fighting the Nazis in terrible conditions, made many close friends during his time on the continent and maintains close ties with the region.

He sent the boy pictures of his African comrades with a letter explaining the bond he made while serving in the army and the fond memories he has of people he met while stationed in Africa.

The photographs were returned to him by World Vision, the organisation that arranges sponsorships opportunities, with a letter saying that the photographs were “unsuitable for the child” and that the attached letter had been “rewritten” to remove any reference to the photos.

I seem to remember that this type of censorship and disrespect was the hallmark of the very people that my constituent was fighting against while stationed in Africa. Sadly it seems fascism is alive and well, but instead of motivating armies it is now motivating pen-pushers and bureaucrats to sideline our national heroes and try to bury their memories and cast aside their heroism.

Another nail in the coffin of freedom of speech.


Blogger Tricia said...

Hi there,

I just came across your blog entry while looking for something else. Obviously I don't know the entire circumstances surrounding this letter, but World Vision is pretty clear in its guidelines for letters that you shouldn't mention war. If your friend really was emphasizing the bonds of friendship and service, then censorship does seem extreme. Perhaps it was the photograph of men in military uniforms they objected to.

But calling World Vision a fascist organization seems a little over the top to me. They are doing very extensive relief work around the world, helping build up communities, using many different approaches, but always sensitive to the cultural needs of those they serve.

8:29 AM  
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Blogger Unknown said...

It is awful! Winstrol

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