"What times are these, when to speak of trees is almost a crime,
because it passes in silence over such infamy!" (Bertolt Brecht)
With only a short observation of the world media such as CNN and BBC, together with national (in my case Croatian) and internet news, it’s easily noticeable that
And what about
With the risk of sounding like Bob Geldof whose involvement in African affairs could easily be attributed to personal promotion, the ongoing situation in
The source of the Congolese wars (started in late 1996) can be traced back to infamous Belgian colonial rule of the first half of the 20th century. Still, the conflict started as a “spill over” of the ’94
Numerous cases of genocide have been reported, including reports of cannibalism and outbreaks of bubonic plague which already killed hundreds of people in the region. Millions of people have been displaced, 5 million died as the cause of the conflict, including 600 000 children under 4 years of age.
Other than deploying around 8000 UN soldiers in a country with the surface of 2.5 million sq km, the international intervention was and is more or less nonexistent. The question asked by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian responsible for UN forces in
Why would there be more of a reaction by the international community to curtail or to stop the organized killing of 320 endangered mountain gorillas that than there would be in attempting to protect thousands of human beings being slaughtered in the same country?
Mass blindness and amnesia are becoming a pandemic in the world. But with so many ways of informing ourselves through a plethora of media tools, the excuse “We didn’t know” couldn’t be more obsolete than today.