They say a picture paints a thousand words. Every so often a photograph appears that burns into our collective consciousness and seems to define a generation. Sadly, the truly memorable pictures usually feature scenes of tragedy and distress and all too often the images we all wish we could un-see are those of children. The Vietnamese girl trying to flee the napalm. The wasted bones and haunted eyes of the Ethiopian child in Michael Buerk’s world-changing bulletin.
And in recent days the heartbreaking images of children caught up in global issues, violence and geo-politics far beyond their (and my) comprehension.
You don’t have to be a parent to be moved but for those of us who are the news coverage holds a particular cold dread.
I struggle to grasp the enormity of the situation or even come to terms with my own feelings. That’s where music comes in for me because sometimes words, or even pictures, are simply not enough.