Lack of Assistance for Injured in Developing Countries

I’m not usually the preachy type but I’ve been travelling abroad for a little over 9 months now, and the one thing which I keep seeing again and again are people who have sustained injuries but could not afford treatment and who now live with a disability.

They’re everywhere.  People with treatable afflictions walking around with limps after surgery wasn’t provided for them when they simply couldn’t afford it.

There’s minimal equipment for spinal cord injury victims.

  • Now I know what you’re thinking, these countries can’t afford it but… I’m sorry yes they can.

Take Thailand for example, I’ve lived there for almost two months and I saw beggars and cripples daily, right outside of opulent shopping malls and worse Buddha statues.

Injured Amputee in India

What kind of idiotic priorities do you have when you think it’s a good idea to build gold plated statues as opposed to providing a superior healthcare service?  How can you justify the ridiculous amount of temples and shrines which litter so many corners when you’re failing to provide a basic human right to your people?

Pair together the fact that in Thailand you don’t need a license to drive a motorcycle along with a healthcare system which favors the rich and then mix in the fact that the government spends its money on temples… as well as its King who is worth an estimated 25 billion dollars and frankly you’ve got a problem.

Equipment for Disabled People in Developing Countries Scarce

But it’s not just Thailand which is the issue; it’s the entire developing world.  Whereas in Europe the working class (and middle class) rose up to demand wages which could provide a reasonable standard of living the same just hasn’t happened elsewhere.  People are fearful of their rules.

In China there is no culture of speaking out against authority.  Of course it does happen but only when people are pushed to extremes or they simply disappear.

  • In Thailand one of the worst things you can do is criticize the King.  It’s okay if you’re a foreigner – they’ll just expel you and disallow you from entering again, but if you’re a Thai person then your fate is much more sinister.

You know those medieval-style carts which are pulled by donkeys?  In China there are people with ropes around their shoulders for this… and they do it right outside of Starbucks where a group of teenage girls are wasting their rich parent’s money.  The same money they spend on one coffee will take the cart worker collecting scrap wood a week to make.

When I lived in Penang and Malaysia I actually saw a dead guy.  I’ve not seen many dead people but he was just lying there with his eyes open, bloodshot red, unmoving and staring into nothingness.

I don’t know what killed him, but what I do know is that there are so many hopeless looking homeless people (many are crippled) who have even given up begging.

  • But this is what life’s worth in much of Asia.  It’s simply not worth the Government’s time and money to save people’s lives.  They don’t contribute enough, they’re a bad investment.

The big difference between Europe and Asia is that in Asia there’s far fewer people willing to stand up and look out for the rights of people who are poor in need.

There’s this aura of selfishness wherever you go.  In China people don’t let people get of the metro train and then get on themselves even though they know it’s more efficient because there are speakers telling them as well as it being written on the floor.

They just barge ahead like morons trying to get ahead of you.  The same can be said of drivers on the roads in Malaysia.  In the UK drivers will let you go ahead of them but in Malaysia you have to almost endanger your life by simply trying to get onto a busy road.

Don’t even get me started on Hanoi in Vietnam; never have I had to despair in such a hive of scum and villainy.  Aside from having a knife pulled on me by a taxi driver and having my IPod Touch stolen the one thing I realized that’s different here from anywhere else is that the local people don’t just target the tourists they target their own people too.

Several co-workers at the bar I had a part time job working at told me their stories of being robbed.  My boss at the time has had both his wallet and leather jacket stolen before.  My friend there called Long had his leather jacket stolen outside of his motorcycle.  It takes him 2-3 weeks to earn that money.

In my entire duration there around 7 I Phones where stolen among wallets and other types of phones (although I Phones seemed to be the most prominent device to be stolen).

I support this has been somewhat of a rant.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about my take on South East Asia, it’s certainly a hardened perspective on things.

It’s different living here.  If you go there on holiday for a few weeks then you don’t get used to and jaded by the constant difficulties which you and most importantly the local people have to put with.


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