The psychological ignorance of Children’s Rights campaigns
This blog post was “inspired” by the soul-crushing videos by Save The Children, World Vision and UNICEF.
It can not continue, it is said so often, yet no one faces the fact that is more clear than ever, which should be visible to any children rights and human rights advocate and activist:
The moment someone is born, they were blessed with the right of life, it is not ours to take that away of anyone.
This is the video of Save The Children that crushed my soul today,
It didn’t only give me the natural response of crying, but it made me sick that I even had to throw up.
This is actually also one of the reasons why I don’t like Save The Children myself, as they are too to the point, forgetting the effects they do to children BY their campaigns…
I got brought to my own trauma by this single video, to the things I rather forgot and actually blocked out of my memory…
It is there where it shows why I truly dislike Save The Children, they are good to the ones who they target to help, but forget the others…
Yet, it is not only Save The Children.
This video was part of UNICEF their campaigns last year.
This one didn’t do much to me, but it did to someone close to me. (In respect of his or her privacy I won’t reveal who.)
It was to him/her not because of the effects of conflict they clearly showed, but the last part of the video,
Most do not really know how it to abandoned and will not recognize what is seen at the last scene, but those who experienced it clearly do.
And still there remains my probable biggest support through social media accounts.
World Vision unlike the other 2 focuses on positivism, it is why they get my support so much, as there is too much sadness, too little happiness happening…
Yet, they should stick probably with the positive attitude…
This is from one of World Vision their campaigns last year.
They are the ones that are fully explainable why I wrote this, the psychology behind the videos.
In short this shows that most will take things they shouldn’t when they would have to leave, while refugees couldn’t take anything.
The problem is there to me for the fact they also focus on the fact children take things they should not and could not take with them, without any true explaining.
It wouldn’t be understandable by most children and youth how that really is, and it could feel like an attack on them when they would take these things,
especially as there basically is a true need for children who are offended to get explaining instantly about this video, and most often these videos are broadcasted at TV…
Almost all charities are run by adults, adults who most probably have the best wishes for all children.
The sad part is the fact they can’t truly put themselves in children’s and youth’s shoes and understand the emotion behind certain things.
For adults to help, they need full focused and full frontal visual stimulant to understand, otherwise they act like nothing is happening, as it is a made-up story.
For children and youth it is all what they want to see, and can cause psychological damage to even see some of the campaign videos…
These videos are made to support children and youth, but they have 2 sides, and in the end, these campaigns are often not truly in support of children and youth, but adults themselves.
Change should come, safety should be there, yet the true target of the campaigns are not even targeted by any campaign I see come by at most charities, Governments and Companies.
Companies and governments are the ones who fuel the need of these videos, and yet, they are the ones that get away…
I'm 15 year old girl from Ukrainian origin, adopted to Armenia at the age of 13. I try to support children worldwide through my Twitter account @BlessedAtWorld.
I see respect and honesty as very important qualities. I believe in religious freedom to all. To me a disability or special need doesn't make your different. I stand against war and hate.