Still no news about Dorsen or Richard
Still no news about the location where Dorsen and Richard were filmed. It may be between Kolwezi and Lubumbashi. There must be a reason why Alex Crawford is reluctant to give the location out to the general public. She has a duty of care to keep these boys incognito – and yet there are bona fide charities which would offer assistance to these boys – effectively change their lives. There are funds too. There’s a surplus of around £400 which has been promised to help these children, if they can be located safely.
What I’ve been doing…
I’ve been developing the website. I’ve just about got the structure built now. I think it’s working out.
I’ve contacted Alex Crawford of Sky News and also Tom Cheshire, technical report at Sky News, who used Alex’s film featuring Dorsen and Richard, in his report. Neither have got back. I’m sure they’re busy – Alex travels into remote and dangerous place. I can be patient, but can Dorsen, who works 12 hours a day, sometimes without food and with a headache. Poor little boy.
I’ve written to Fairphone, a company founded on the principle of ethical manufacture of smartphones – and my emails have been returned [email@example.com – unavailable]. Their website is lovely, but it doesn’t provide the info it promises: how to contact the press office. The links send you in a circle. Oh dear. I shall persist. I would love Fairphone to support us, even though they’re already doing their bit. They have a great opportunity to set the best example – that of caring for children who have been used, abused and spat out by the smartphone industry.
The CEOs and me
I’ve posted more letters: to Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler; Michael Dell, CEO of Dell; and Dion Wiesler, CEO of HP. Michael Dell, for example, has a charitable foundation with his wife helping young people develop potential. He seems a good type. It would be wonderful if kids like Dorsen and Richard were given the gift of potential. At the moment, their days are filled with physical and mental anguish. Hopelessness. I wonder what the CEO’s think when they receive my letter. It may go straight in the bin. (God, I hope not.) Perhaps they think I’m a bit of a tree hugger or a hippie. I’m not that interesting. I’m a grandma who looks after my own mum who is in her 90s. I live with my lovely, supportive husband and our two dogs. We love the coast, walking, and trees, though we don’t hug them. Not often. I am desperately sorry for exploited children. I am ashamed that I am part of it. I am persistent. If I start a job, I tend to finish it.
There’s now an accounts page to keep trace of donations and payments to charities. So far we’ve made a donation to The Good Shepherd Sisters of Kolwezi (the project was visited by Mark Dummett of Amnesty International) and their short documentary of their work is uplifting. They are progressing as a community in health and happiness. It’s great. That donation was 200 Euros (£177.77).
Website: Good Shepherd Sisters, DR Congo
Today I arranged a donation to Kimbilio, a charity helping street children in Lubumbashi – that was £200. Ian Harvey, the founder of Lubumbashi, worked in the DR Congo for 5 years. His aunt has been in DR Congo for over 50 years and he visited her often as a young adult. He saw the plight of street children and set up the project. Ian lives in Manchester, but is going out to DR Congo in June. He has also made enquiries to Alex Crawford of Sky News, and if Dorsen and Richard can be located, he can offer them support – which is brilliant.