Monday, 10 November 2008


A French postcard dating from the First World War. I thought it was fitting to use it on this day, the day that Bloggers Unite for Refugees, as we approach the 90th anniversary of the end of that war. Ninety years. Different refugees, different causes, the same problems.

Refugees United provides refugees with an anonymous forum to reconnect with missing family.


  1. Very nice. I am glad to see your mention of the bloggers unite day. I hope that we can at least raise awareness!

  2. The transport may, sometimes more sophisticated than in that postcard, but at least there they are in the fresh air. We have also to thin of refugees smuggled out in cattle trucks or worse

    The world does not get better, just different.

  3. It is really sad that it is happening again and again and it happens everywhere in the world. What a nice postcard.


  4. How true: "Different refugees, different causes, the same problems" and the reason is same mentalities!

  5. It seems nothing really changes. Parts may improve, other parts get worse.
    That's a telling postcard.

  6. I find it interesting that this was made into a postcard. Makes me wonder what people will think of postcards of our day.

  7. Nothing seems to change much over the years, does it?

  8. It was my meaning to participate in this bloggers unite, but somehow I didn't have the energy. Well, I can excuse me with the fact that I've had a mild cold, but that's not the whole truth.... I didn't have the inspiration.

  9. Oh, I forgot to say that I love that old postcard illustrating this post of yours. It's very striking.

  10. @ettarose, thanks, raising awareness - if only we could.
    @Elaine, I know, I also think of the Vietnamese boat people of a few years ago. Probably more than a few years ago.
    @earthlinggorgeous, it is so very sad, and we don't seem to be able to stop it happening.
    @Hicham, that's it, the same mentalities keep it happening.
    @Dragonstar and @Caroline, the card was originally sold in aid of orphanages in France, which makes it even more telling I think. I doubt whether our postcards now have much by way of social history.
    @Max, no nothing seems to change. It mustn't stop us trying though.
    @Lifecruiser, we can't all do everything, and sometimes inspiration does fail us. You do so many great posts!


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