Yemen - still suffering seven years on

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?". - (Act III, scene I).” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

As Christians are we not challenged to be just as concerned for our Muslim neighbours as we are for Roman and Orthodox Christians in then Ukraine? Why the discrepancy between our concerns for the suffering in Yemen and the suffering in the Ukraine?

Amid all the bombs and suffering Medicins san Frontiers and Unicef among others strive to bring food and medical care to a forgotten people. The shame is that the bombs and missiles used against Yemen come from the nominally Christian countries of the U.S.A & the U.K.

We would do well to recall and reflect upon the words of the hymn by 19th c. Unitarian Minister and hymn writer - Edmund Hamilton Sears

Yet with the woes of sin and strife

The world has suffered long;

Beneath the angel strain have rolled

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not

The love-song which they bring;

O hush the noise, ye men of strife

And hear the angels sing.

Peter Bellenes

web-editor PCN Britain

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