The Importance of Real Life Stories

By: Julie Kenworthy

It is vital that news stories are accompanied by first hand eyewitness accounts of what is happening in a region of the world.  Real life case studies form a crucial part of the tapestry of information that comes out of many troubled regions. In news stories we often hear what the leaders of a country and politicians think but what really matters are the views and experiences of people on the ground.

If politicians know that people will be ready on hand to publicize their genuine experience, whether it is good or bad, they might work harder to ensure people’s experiences are positive. They may work harder to ensure their pledges are fulfilled and they aren’t just paying lip service to be popular and win votes.

It is interesting and informative to read what the people of a region or country, whose life is very different from our own, are living like. These genuine accounts are priceless and should be publicized and accessible globally.

Often there is so much conflict in the world which our the daily news bulletins on the television or radio highlight, but unless it is a ‘big’ story they often lack an individual’s account of the effect, the problem or plan is having on them. The experiences of normal people trying hard to get on with their lives often drops off the news agenda. The world needs to hear what’s going on around the world from genuine down to earth people living there. News broadcasts about everything from famine in the world and natural disasters to conflicts need to include a personal account which are then much more powerful and effective in getting the message across.

Also other countries and cultures want to know how other people round the world are getting on, whether they have the same educational and job opportunities as they have. Knowing about local challenges in countries very different from our own, provides us with rich knowledge which is often not available on television broadcasts or newspaper reports. We want to share their simple pleasures and also their concerns and difficulties, as knowing about other cultures can make for a rewarding and fulfilling life.  One way to reach out to people and let them know is through blogs on the internet.

Nader Elkhuzundar is fundraising to raise money to study in England. Aged 24 he has had to study very hard over a number of years to achieve the qualifications needed to just apply for the place at Westminster University in London. Now his hard work has paid off, he has been accepted to on an MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics.  Unfortunately, however, he lacks the money to pay for the course.  Not easily put off and determined to find a way, he has launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to try to realize his dream of continuing his studies abroad. After qualifying he hopes to return to his country and become a journalist. That is his dream. Here is the story of a young man working hard to try to fulfill his and his family’s dreams and ambitions. Lets hope he succeeds, we must wish him well and every success in the future.

Other people around the world will have similar hopes and are working hard to fulfill them. Sometimes it is all too easy to get too involved with our own petty worries but we can only put them in perspective when we hear what is happening elsewhere, in more troubled countries than our own. We need to open our eyes to the struggles of others and for them to tell their story truthfully and factually. It is as important as knowing about living a healthy life as told by a trusted source.

We know what politicians think about situations they issue a press release and it is picked up by journalists who structure it into a story. It is much harder is to hear what life is like for the ordinary hard working person. We need real life case studies because if the world knows what is going on it will be much harder for politicians, the government and a countries enemies to hood wink the rest of the world into believing any propaganda.

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About Nader Elkhuzundar

Nader Elkhuzundar is a commentator on Palestinian affairs and Co-founder of Beyond Compromise (www.beyondcompromise.com). Elkhuzundar occasionally freelances for The Guardian, International Business Times, and others. He's a social media enthusiast and tech savvy with particular interest in new technologies and analytics, and enjoys reading over Arabic coffee and dark chocolate.
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