Feb 22, 2011

Violence met with silence, again

Courtesy of: allvoices.com
There have been many verified reports of the brutality being meted out on the Libyan population by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Thus far, David Cameron and Hillary Clinton have probably used the strongest words denouncing the actions, as “vicious" and imploring the regime to "stop the unacceptable bloodshed." I look at both parties with a jaundiced eye given their countries' own hypocrisy in dealing with dictators with access to in-demand resources. 

Everyone else is eerily quiet. They’re probably too busy looking at the price of oil futures to be really concerned about people being taken out by snipers employed by their own government. 

Yesterday, there was news out of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the 20 year prison sentence handed to an army commander who was accused of leading his troops to rape, beat, and loot in the South Kivu area of Eastern Congo. Other sentences were also given to some of his troops. 

This is HUGE! While it may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, it is; and hopefully the stepping stone towards achieving justice for the thousands of victims of the brutality inflicted by both army and militia forces.

Sadly, this story barely registered on the international news circuit.

I have often wondered how heinous crimes such as ethnic cleansing, genocide and so forth happen, and why the world is seemingly caught off guard EVERY TIME and I think I have an answer – we are simply uninvolved and would rather lie to ourselves that “things can’t be that bad.”

I know there is no simple solution to prevent such actions but that cannot continue to be the reason to do nothing. As I look at the examples above, I am not calling for the world police aka USA to swoop in and take control, how about the rest of us – Africans (and our toothless representative body, the AU)? What do we stand for, if not the interests of the people? When will we stop playing the blame game, and get working?! 

I honestly believe one of our greatest failures as a human race is ignoring glaringly obvious injustices and abuses on a grand scale. We need to start getting ahead of things, and 

2 comments:

That's true, I agree with you. Silence when obvious things needing justice stand before us is not helping at all.

Could it be that our human nature resists calling out injustices as a means of self-denial to protect ourselves from admitting that evil persists in our world?

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