Leaders need to spend less on themselves


Abuse: Some leaders live it up oblivious to the suffering of others.
Abuse: Some leaders live it up oblivious to the suffering of others.

I KNOW there are many people who are appalled by the suffering that is going on in the world.

I know too there are many people who are giving donations to “worthy causes”, hoping to alleviate the terrible conditions that we see daily on our TV screens.

Having spent a traumatic childhood in Italy during World War II, I understand exactly that many of us would now like to make a personal contribution towards helping others in need.

But it becomes a soul-destroying exercise when one sees pictures of terrible conditions in Sudan, which do not seem to get any better.

One would like to feel that the monthly donations constantly asked for on TV are indeed making a difference to the lives of ordinary people.

But when one sees the mansions and fancy cars owned by the leaders of these countries in places all over the world, including Australia, and all the while treating their own people with disdain, I feel that urgent attention should be given to this situation.

While many of us are magnanimous and caring by nature, and wishing sincerely to help the less fortunate, we also do not like being made fools of.

ROSA LARSEN, Riverton.