By Ioana Alexandra Tache, guest columnist and activist in human rights.
In general, we are mostly interested and affected by ‘things’ that are happening in our own vicinity. Whether we talk about politics, economy, social issues or conflicts we tend to care more about people and countries we resonate with from various reasons.
It is indeed true that the media and the educational systems of states around the world tend to focus mainly on situations happening in the neighbourhood. Such is the case of conflicts and nuclear conflicts – WSF’s monthly theme. Yet, where there’s dialogue and, most importantly, global dialogue on particular issues, the course of action can change – for the better. Why is that? Mainly because, given the background and context of the situation at hand, a global pressure can push things forward, thus helping towards a resolution.
So what do we do when the media is not sharing? WE do the sharing.
Talking about conflict, besides the popularized world armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, some countries in Africa, or the ideological ones in USA & Europe versus Russia or North Korea, there are others happening which might not be getting enough attention. For example, also in terms of nuclear conflict, this is the case of India and Pakistan.
For those who might not know, the conflict between India and Pakistan started in 1947 with the Partition. Four wars between the two states have taken place since then and surely the ‘hot topic’ of their conflict is the region of Jammu and Kashmir. But despite the political and religious conflict, a more worrying one is arising – the nuclear one. A fifth war between them would definitely be more costly as their nuclear capabilities continue to grow (Roblin, 2017). There are talks about the use of nuclear power to solve the ‘problem’, but how about the people of the region? Why, in conflict, are we never considering the human costs and dangers? Why can we not be rational and intellectual enough to end the killing? It remains a mystery to me.
Therefore, we really need to keep pushing as individuals or groups towards peace and conflict resolution, never mind where we come from. We should learn that access to information, education and respect for human rights are the key to a safe and better world. This being said, wherever you come from, think of ‘the others’ and help them as much or as little as you can.