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A personal reflection

December 31, 2008

Ignorance of African wars by Western public opinion and Western media has been a questioning issue for me for years.

I give an example. Each time I return home and I spend a few weeks in my town, I meet my friends. They are all my age and they all have gone to university. Most of them read the newspaper on a daily basis. However, none of them know almost anything about what is happening in the countries I live.

This has come through my mind many times, for years.

I am convinced that the thunderous silence of Western media regarding horror in African conflicts entails an enormous, and unavoidable, ethic question. If five million people die in a given place, we as human beings have the obligation to know that this has happened. It is a moral obligation. We must know, the same way that we all know that millions of Jewish men, women and children were exterminated in Germany in the Second World War. However, we don´t know that more than five million Congolese have died as a result of the war since 1998.

Citizens of an information age have a right to know about it, and victims have a right for their suffering to be told, and known.

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  1. December 31, 2008 7:45 pm

    It is not just about silence. From time to time, Western media report about horror in Africa, with numbers but not with soul. I think that the problem is rather how they speak about Africa. They represent Africa in two ways: as a touristical postcard (National Geographic version) or as Hell in Earth. But Africa is much more than that. Thank you for your blog. I wish you a better 2009.


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