silence is a war crime

Maybe in ten years from now they’ll make a movie about the world today.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a father in Syria contemplating whether to kill himself, his wife or his children in a desperate attempt to stop the Regime from getting their hands on them.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about an 8 year old Rohingya boy who was thrown into the fire in front of his mother after his village was set alight.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a young orphaned girl in C.A.R, crying as she remembers her sexual abuse at the hands of UN “peacekeepers” who do as they please without consequences.

Or maybe they’ll make a movie about a daughter in Gaza who picks up the phone to hear an unfamiliar voice letting her know her family has 60 seconds to run before the bombs drop.

And maybe we’ll see it and shed some tears - but we shouldn’t be crying because of the atrocities that occurred.
We should cry because we watched as these horrors unfolded and in our silence betrayed them.

They’re killing us in Kasaï (Did you hear?)

They’re killing us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

With machetes, and guns, and rockets, and stray bullets

They’re burning us in Kasaï

Did you read?

With torches, and fuel, and tear gas, and flamethrowers

But who, but who’s

Attacking whom?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their big mouths that they don’t know how to shut

Their land full of diamonds

Their annoying arrogance

Burn them down, burn them down!

(and so they burned and they burned…)

September 1960 - The killings in the Kasaï province (Congo) ‘involve a most flagrant violation of elementary human rights and have the characteristics of the crime of genocide’ Dag Hammarskjöld, U.N. Secretary General

But also…

September 1961 - The plane carrying U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld has crashed in Rhodesia after takeoff from the Congo.

(Silence)

They’re looting us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

Our mines, our fields, our villages, our forests

They’re slaughtering us in Kasaï

Did you read?

Elders and babies

From the oldest to the youngest

But who, but who’s

Massacring whom?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their exasperating habit of challenging everything

Hunt them down! Hunt them down!

(and so they hunted and hunted)

March 2017 - ‘In light of recurrent reports of grave violations (…), I urge the council to establish a Commission of Inquiry.” Zeid Al-Hussein. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

But also…

April 2017 - The bodies of the two U.N. experts who were investigating allegations of war crimes have been found in Kasaï

(Silence)

They’re assaulting us in Kasaï

Did you hear?

In Tshikapa, in Luebo, in Nkoto, in Tshienke

They’re torturing us in Kasaï

Did you read?

In Mwanza Lomba, in Bitande, in Tshimbulu, in Kamonya

But who, but who’s

Invading who?

With whom and whom

In front of whom?

(Radio silence)

Oh, those goddamn people from Kasaï

With their defiant ideas and their infamous opponents

Circle them, circle them!

(and they circled and circled)

Divide them, divide them!

(and they divided and divided)

Subdue them, subdue them!

(And so they tried. In vain)

March 2017 - The mandate of the MONUSCO shall ‘ensure effective and dynamic protection of civilians under threat of physical violence, including by preventing, deterring, and stopping all armed groups (…) inflicting violence on the populations. (resolution 2348, paragraph 34)

But also…

May 2017 - United Nations officials acknowledged that they were concerned about the situation in Kasaï. (Congo) Since last year, it is estimated that about one million people have been displaced, thousands of refugees have fled the country and at least forty mass graves have been discovered.

(Radio silence)

They’re killing us in Kasaï.

Did you hear? Did you read? Did you see?

©Sabrina Moella

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صمتنا يقتلهم

السفّاح بشار الأسد لا بد أن يؤتى به للعدالة، شاءت روسيا أم أبت

أوقفوا المذبحة في سوريا

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Pray for Syria!

And in my opinion, the young generation of whites, blacks, browns, whatever else there is, you’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built and the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I, for one, will join in with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.
—  Malcolm X
if there's ever a time we are needed, it's now.

whether it’s reblogging posts, donating money, signing petitions, or simply informing yourself enough to pass on the information to those who don’t watch the news, who don’t listen to the radio, who don’t read newspapers. we have never been needed more than we are needed today. this isn’t a matter that can be brushed off. it isn’t an issue that we can ignore and decide isn’t our responsibility. there are people out there willing to give their lives for the freedom of their country and their people, why can’t we manage to give one reblog? one euro? one signature? one or two or three or however many days it takes to ensure the end of this mass denial of basic human rights. i’m outraged at every single thing i’m hearing, it’s almost surreal that in this day and age the likes of what is happening in libya is actually taking place. there are millions of inspirational, brave people fighting for their freedom in libya. i cannot stress how much they need our help. if even one more person is informed of what is going on then we’ve done what tiny job has been designated to us.

we might not be the people of libya, but we are the people of the world and it is our right as people with the power of a medium through which to speak that we let ourselves and the libyans be heard.

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The internet is shut down in Syria today.

The regime did not do so for almost 2 years of revolution that was orchestrated by social-networking.

To do so today is very scary!

Are they planning something big?

Are they planning on using chemical weapons against the civilians, and want no videos of that on the web?

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O silent world, our blood is on your hands!

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O God help us and save our Syria.

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TEACH EVERY CHILD TO RAISE HIS VOICE, AND THEN, MY BROTHER, THEN WILL JUSTICE BE DEMANDED BY TEN MILLION RIGHTEOUS MEN.

MAKE THEM HEAR YOU.