Once again…

Once Again

Once again…

‘The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.’ Albert Einstein

Once again we are about to let down a suffering child; once again the powerbrokers of the current global political order are silent at the misfortune of a helpless mother; once again we will witness mass rape and turn away; once again you have become desensitised to genocide; once again this world is deaf to the screams of a rape victim; once again we allow the crime to flourish, only to condemn it later. Once again we are collectively guilty of mass murder by doing nothing. I say not again, not another crime… not again please.

The genocide of Rwanda occurred only twenty years ago. The horrors of the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims are still fresh in our minds. Millions of Iraqi deaths still haunt our memories. The Burmese genocide and the Syrian holocaust still continues. All of these recent catastrophes were not evil enough to stop this chain of genocides taking place concurrently in different parts of the world. One of these major disasters is taking place in Central African Republic (henceforth C.A.R). Millions of people are suffering at the hands of the mass murdering barbaric militias. While major world powers are busy in a land grabbing contest in Ukraine at the moment, hundreds of children in C.A.R are dying daily due to malnutrition. The pressing question is: why is the crisis in Ukraine more important than the starvation of children in C.A.R? It appears that none of the major political powers in the world are actually concerned about the numbers of deaths, so long as they are not taking place in the West.

It is also very disturbing to see the French policing the country. Have we forgotten the role of the French political elite in the orchestration of the worst part of the Rwandan genocide? It is a well know fact that the French supplied weapons to the Hutu and the result was the deaths of hundreds of thousands of humans. So active was the role of the French that the current Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, on the occasion of twentieth anniversary of the genocide, notably said that France had not “done enough to save lives” by mounting Operation Turquoise in the west of the country, and had not only been complicit but “an actor” in the massacre of Tutsis (guardian, 6 April 2014). This is a very serious charge against the French government by the serving president of a country still recovering from one of the biggest catastrophes of our age. Can the French intervention in a sensitive situation, such as the one in C.A.R, be trusted? French troops have already been accused of being biased towards the Anti-Balaka militia and preventing the Muslims from defending themselves. Are we going to allow a Rwanda once again?

People are still dying once again, mothers are crying once again, rape is multiplying once again, and children are starving once again. Once again we are going to allow usual suspects to handle situations they are not capable of handling. It is an obligation upon mankind to put an end to this oppression and work collectively to help the people of C.A.R. We must act now to bring food and provisions to these poor people, regardless of their religious differences. We cannot sit idle and allow another holocaust to occur, only to condemn it later on. We know what is taking place is wrong; we know children are dying of hunger; we know women are being raped; we know the international community has turned its back on the innocent people of C.A.R. When will we act? Is it already not too late for “once again”…?

We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. [Quran 5:32]

Adnan Rashid