STARVATION IN WEST AFRICA August 11, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
I cannot find references to the people experiencing starvation in the Somalia and other areas of West Africa. Am I to suppose that World has engaged in a collective and massive undertaking to address the problem?
While it may be a rhetorical point, it cannot helped but be noted that certain countries were apparently galvanized by the reports that the Libyan Government was killing civilians. And it seems now that conflict in which killing from the air is not defined by some as war has now gone on for months not weeks. The brutal governments of Syria and Bahrain have continued to attack their civilian populations without the imposition of no-fly zones by Nato or the United Nations. In the case of Bahrain, the police brutally attack doctors.
Now it seems apparent that if the resources and effort put into violence was redeployed into saving lives that would make a huge difference. We all might get the sense that we all live together on this planet and look out for each other’s welfare. This is not happening at the scale required. So why not?
Radio talkshow host, T D Mischke, observes at Common Dreams:
Drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days.
Like 9/ll, it’s a senseless, unnecessary and tragic loss of innocent life. Unlike 9/11, it doesn’t affect most of us, does it?
I remember, in the weeks following 9/11, hearing over and over how nothing would ever be the same again. The world had changed. Why is the world not changing now?
We all know why, of course, but the reasons are unspoken. Just this once, let’s speak them:
A) These are not “our” people, which can either mean not Americans, or not our particular ethnicity, depending on one’s sense of tribal identity.
B) This is a part of the world, and these are individuals, forever cursed by this sort of thing. It’s practically part of their culture.
C) It’s not as though these poor souls had any great existence to begin with. They are not giving up happy, successful, interesting lives.
Did I miss anything? What other differences do we draw between this catastrophe and 9/11? Not the obvious one: This spectacle is far worse./blockquote>
I am not sure that this is the only explanation, or even the right explanation. Could it be that we are like the rich and lack empathy for the poor? It is as well there are some among us who are exceptions to the rule.