“In years to come, we’re going to sit and we’re going to go, ‘How did we let this happen under our nose?”‘ Journalist Paul Convoy uttered these words after he was rescued from the city of Homs in Syria. This was today. As in March 3rd, 2012.
These words are applicable to so many situations around the world of which few are aware. From Homs to Mogadishu to North Kivu, civilians are being killed every hour. Yet they are often the last thoughts in policy analysis and mediiaa. Civilian sufferance has been treated as inferior to geopolitical significance and clouded behind the argument of which side is “correct” in their actions- the pro-government/government forces or the rebels.
The sad fact that human lives are being trumped by inconveniences and fears of failures on part of the international community is becoming more prevalent as more conflicts occur.
What can we do? The simplest thing- a thing we should be doing anyway- is to be aware and raise awareness of these situations. So start now:
One baby step forward.