Tuesday 14 August 2012

The United Nations

Situated on the East River in Manhattan, the United Nations was established after World War II to promote peace among its 51 member states.  First we examined some enlarged photos with haunting images of displaced persons, refugees, earthquake and flood victims who were helped by the U.N.  Rob and I were treated to a tour last week which was broadcast in several different languages via a walkie-talkie like contraption.  We visited the large circular meeting room where the heads of state converse; it looked like something out of a James Bond movie.  Then we made our way through several displays about the U.N.'s history and its purpose.  We learned about kits they offer for children who are unable to attend school; we heard about nets they provide for people to protect them from malaria-ridden mosquitoes; we learned about sports kits for kids who don't have the opportunity to participate in athletics.  It's reassuring to know that the United Nations is still alive and well, helping keep the peace all over the world. 

Photo of United Nations building in New York City courtesy http://media3.web.brittanica.com.

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