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‘Army should care for elderly’

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.

This week Archaeologist Sada Mire argues that the military should help with primary and elderly care.

“The physically weakest in our society should be taken care of by the physically strongest in our society.

When I was working in health care and in primary schools I noted that there were very few men working in these areas. Both roles are very strenuous for women who carry heavy people and work day after day, long hours.

I suggest that the military are required to take some time to work in institutions and schools to help nurses, doctors and teachers to provide needed relief.

I believe soldiers should not be treated like killing machines. The armed forces will gain experiences for future peace keeping activities around the world by gaining this compassion, humanity and empathy by working and dealing with the youth and the elderly.”

You can listen to Sada discuss his idea in more detail on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, where you can also download more 60-second ideas.

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