(1) News Article: Gaddafi Loyalists Fight to the End
Leung Wing Yee (6E)
This article is about the civil war happened in Libya. Till now, the rebels claimed to be in control of most of Tripoli after a lightning advance on the capital and the declaration of the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. The rebels went out to celebrate their victory and the alliance promised to maintain its air campaign until all pro-Gaddafi forces surrender or return to barracks.
No matter which side “wins” finally, it’s totally a tragedy. This rebellion has lasted for months. Many people including civilian soldiers and rebels died in this civil war. This cost is too high. Nothing can be more valuable than life.
I remembered the beginning of the war was just a civil war between the Gaddafi’s government and the rebels. But finally, it became an “international” war. The alliance blamed Gaddafi for his armed suppression and used this as an excuse to intervene militarily. The rebels might think they had got a helping hand but actually, the alliance created a mess for Libyan people. None of the two sides wanted to give in. They just couldn’t work out the solution and could only fight each other. Without any doubts, the air strike of the alliance has aggravated the clash between two sides. Although the suppression by Gaddafi was absolutely wrong, how about the alliance’s air strike? They even used the excuse of tracking down Gaddafi to provide arms for the rebels. Although it might be difficult, why didn’t they solve the problem in a peaceful way? At least, they should try their best to do so. It’s always not easy to be a peacemaker. I hope the alliance would finally help the Libyan people by ending the conflict peacefully. A helping hand instead of bombs should be given to the people.
(2) News Article: The Earthquake in Japan
Lau Ka Yee (6E)
After the earthquake stuck Japan, a lot of victims have been suffering from the pain of losing their families and homes. Besides, there are so many people who want to show their support for the people in Japan. Some of them found a way to do so by folding origami paper cranes. Paper cranes mean good luck, happiness and peace in Japan.
Hong Kong is really a lucky place with not many natural disasters. Now, Japan is suffering from a disaster. The Japanese need our help to overcome the problems caused by the earthquake. Some of the Hong Kong people will donate money to help the victims or even go to the disaster zone and help to rebuild the houses. Yet, perhaps the most important thing is that we will try to help them by all means. Though we may not go to Japan but our hearts are with the Japanese. We can do some things that encourage them to be strong. If you are thoughtful enough, you can do some things for them like writing them letters and cards. They can feel your love and care.
1 Corinthians 13: 1 & 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.