44 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (2011)

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International Social Work 44(1): 5-6                      W
Sage Publications: London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi
0020-8728[200101]44:1;5-6; 015487



Editorial






One  of the most satisfying aspects of the journal editor's role is the
task of writing editorials - although the invevitable delay between
writing and publication is a challenge. My comments  in the last
issue (written in August) were  driven by  my  reactions to the
international conference in Montreal. One of the points I made
then was about the evidence emerging from parts of Africa on the
horrendous  current and future plight of children. At that time,
Steven Lewis argued in his moving presentation to the conference
that this was a challenge for the whole international community,
with social work having a particular role and responsibility.
  Since that time, the situation in Africa and the possibility of a
special issue of the journal have been very much on my mind. Three
things have occurred to reinforce the idea. At a recent political
meeting, one of our members of parliament presented me with the
same  statistics to which Mr Lewis referred. Having just been in
contact with the  Canadian  Minister in charge  of international
affairs, he described with great feeling the current situation and the
alarming prospects for a whole future generation of children.
  At almost the same  time, I received in the mail an appeal from
one of the international relief organizations asking for support for a
number  of critical situations in several parts of Africa, particularly
the urgent need for aid to provide the most basic of life necessities
for children.
  The  third stimulus resulted from re-reading the final section of
this issue. The reader will note that, among the books reviewed,
three refer to edited works where  the content deals with cross-
country  issues and  where  viewpoints  are  presented  from  a
multinational perspective. This format of inviting authors from a
range of countries to write about a common theme  could be used
for a special issue of the journal. It would discuss, from a spectrum
of national viewpoints, how social work could and should respond
to this human crisis.

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