Assess needs and resources to avoid making a meal of food crisis

By Ruth Limkin Published in the Courier Mail 23 September 2011 Food: It’s a big topic at the moment. The report of policy being developed by the Opposition, which could lead to a creation of a network of dams, and increased agricultural production in the north of Australia, is heartening news for Australia’s food security future.  At the same time, there’s political turmoil about whether … Continue reading Assess needs and resources to avoid making a meal of food crisis

And the problem in Somalia is….

By Ruth Limkin Who hasn’t been devastated by the horrific photos coming out of Somalia? The sight of children starving, with ribs protruding painfully, and swollen distended stomachs, is truly disturbing. The question of where to point the finger, and who to blame, comes easily. The answers not so. Some journalism is disgraceful in it’s oversimplification and yet it’s almost impossible to write a comprehensive deconstruction of the … Continue reading And the problem in Somalia is….

Why we should make today count

By Ruth Limkin We should make today count. We should use our resources and our freedom to help someone today… to speak for freedom… to wipe a tear… to give to those less fortunate… to share a smile. If you’re a woman, you should do this even more so when you reflect on where you live, and when you remember that if you lived in … Continue reading Why we should make today count

Of cattle and children

By Ruth Limkin It is a little heart-warming, and a little confusing, that Australians have reacted so strongly to the issue of the live export of Australian cattle to Indonesian abattoirs. It’s heartwarming because I am greatly distressed by animal cruelty. I believe we have a moral imperative to do our best to care for creation in all its forms. It’s a little confusing though … Continue reading Of cattle and children

Hunger that eats away at families

Published in the Courier Mail 29 April 2011 By Ruth Limkin I’ve recently been talking a lot about food, or more precisely, the lack thereof. I had a friendly conversation with a State Parliamentarian about the work of a small charity for which I work. We discussed community statistics in the local area, as well as discussing some of the anecdotal experiences our Community Program … Continue reading Hunger that eats away at families

A silent hunger

By Ruth Limkin Yesterday I talked a lot about food, or more precisely, the lack thereof. I had a friendly conversation with a State Parliamentarian, about the work of Nexus Care, a small charity for which I work. We discussed community statistics and anecdotal experiences of our Community Program Manager. The conversation, and the surprise with which it was received, was a reminder that poverty … Continue reading A silent hunger

I wanted to do something with my life…

By Ruth Limkin Aspiration is a good thing. The desire to grow and to achieve is commendable. But aspiration is unavailable to many women around the world. In this disturbing article in the New York Times, we are reminded that a country’s wealth doesn’t ensure welfare, and that a fast growing society doesn’t necessarily equal a fair one. The article is about the plight of … Continue reading I wanted to do something with my life…

Not writing about Japan

By Ruth Limkin It’s hard to write about Japan. The tragedy is overwhelming. The sheer scale of what we are seeing, and the complexity of the multi-layered crisis, makes it difficult to wrap words around. Sometimes it’s best not to write at times like these, but to reflect, to consider, to watch and wait. The immediacy of publication in a wired world can sometimes be … Continue reading Not writing about Japan

Suffer the little children

I don’t know why, but this time it got to me. I often read about a lot of terrible things, as, let’s face it, the world can be a terrible place. But there was something about the research I was doing today that made me want to cry. I was looking at children living in out-of-home care. It’s most usually foster care or kinship care. … Continue reading Suffer the little children