Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The Worldwide Vacuum of Humanity

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The Worldwide Vacuum of Humanity

The chronic pain continues unabated without a panacea despite controversial discussions. The bleeding wound of nations, flagrant violation of human rights, and heart-wrenching stories of human catastrophes make headlines around the globe. A number of individuals suffer indescribably for being born Muslim, Christian, Jew, etc. or belonging to a certain ethnic or racial group. The megalomania and selfishness of mankind never come to an end.
Political tensions and armed conflicts are hot topics in national and international media. Harsh rhetoric, pugnacious huffing and puffing and nuclear threat loom large. Proxy war lingers and terrorist networks shed the blood of innocent men, women and children in horrific manner.
The tearful eyes of women, who bear the brunt of cruelty and fall the victim of rape, fill you with an outpouring of grief. The sliced throats of innocent children posted either in social media or published in international newspapers numb your feelings and triggers a strong sense of hatred; i.e., hatred of mankind. It is too hard to articulate the carnage and massacres carried out in bloody wars and militancy. A large number of individuals are burning amidst war and violence around the world.
The repeated words about human tragedies no more carry weight and one’s heart is no more melted with human catastrophes which have been changed into daily practices. The human rights discourse is likely to change into bombastic discussion. In other words, the rights of mankind, particularly women’s rights, freedoms and spirit of brotherhood are reiterated both in international instruments and political speeches; however, not practiced in real life. The vacuum of philanthropy that used to be a serious issue and the void of true soul of democracy are greatly felt in human societies. The soulful stories of war victims fall on deaf ears.
It is believed that humanity and moral values have declined to a great extent in the wake of harsh and anti-moral practices. Viewing gory pictures and the riddled bodies of war victims will certainly desensitize the issues. Similarly, frequent violation of women’s dignity and hearing about rape victims will not only weaken one’s conscience but also embolden them to be engaged in such moral turpitude. No one will feel the pain and anguish of a rape victim, whose dignity is her only world, the agony of a mother whose child has been slaughtered before her eyes, or unbearable sorrow of a child whose mother has been raped before him/her!
Despite the escalated militancy and serious threats posed by terrorist networks, human societies are involved in threatening one another in the strongest possible term. The jeopardy of nuclear arms gets more serious.
Human catastrophes are widespread and highly outrageous, especially when a number of people suffer on the basis of their race, color and creed.
Viewing the picture of a Rohingya woman sitting amidst war and shedding bitter tears, I was swollen with pain. The quotation which said, “People have been sharing videos of the killings on WhatsApp. Videos of women and children being killed. Innocent men being shot dead. You can’t begin to imagine how scared we are,” would add insult to your injury.
Reports said about Rohingya that minority are widely reviled as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, despite having lived in the area for generations.
The tragedy was stated that Rohinya have been rendered stateless by the government and the UN believes the army’s crackdown may amount to ethnic cleansing – a charge the government of Aung San Suu Kyi vehemently denies. It added the security forces’ offensive has been beset by allegations of arson, killings and rape; and forced more than 87,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. “Treating Rohingya as all combatants,” the report added that the Myanmar army are accused of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks.
Rakhine state is home to most of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingya, who live largely in abject poverty and face widespread discrimination by the Buddhist majority.
A most recent report says that about 90,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in the last 10 days, uprooted by reported rapes, murders and acts of arson by the Myanmar army.
To sum up, the vacuum of humanity is strongly felt around the human societies and people’s rights and dignity are violated in the worst possible way. It should be noted that if the world does not promote the spirit of brotherhood, religious tolerance or racial acceptance, the bleeding will continue unabated and fill people with sense of revenge. The ongoing catastrophes around the globe which compound human fatalities is the tragedy of our century. The world needs to fill this vacuum with the spirit of brotherhood and respect the rights and dignity of mankind.

Hujjatullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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