This is hardly an en example of being quick off the mark, but there has been no space since last night to write anything.
Yesterday evening saw the launch of an exhibition in Bradford Cathedral of fantastic photographs. The gallery includes black and white as well as colour pictures of scenes from the street in Durban, South Africa, and Burundi. They illustrate the reality of young lives blighted by homelessness, hopelessness and hunger – hunger for love, security and friendship. The are also examples of simple joy, playfulness and humour. So far, so good.
Then, as you hear the stories of those portrayed, you realise some of them are already dead.
Streetaction is a small charity working with slim resources to work with partners to offer some street children hope of a future. The partners on the ground in South Africa and Burundi demonstrate commitment and sacrifice in plugin away with these children and young people. The stories would take too long to recite here, but the pictures tell their story and the charity can tell more.
For now, if you can get into Bradford Cathedral, go and have a look at this moving gallery. The photography itself is powerful. The need to fund the work is great.