Do nations value their citizens?
It has been four months since Boko Haram extremists kidnapped over 200 girls in the village of Chibok in the Northern part of Nigeria. The extremists’ main weapon is to violently torture, rape, and murder their victims who are around 14 to 18 years of age. During this period, around 60 girls managed to escape their captors. The situation doesn’t seem to get any better, in May this year four girls were killed; two girls were raped and tied to a tree and abandoned to die. The escapees declared to the media that they were raped by five to fifteen men daily. How many more will have to suffer before the world decides to react? The Nigerian government claims to know the location where these girls are held captive, but they would not want to raid the location and take them by force to avoid conflict. On the other hand, Boko Haram extremists are trying to negotiate with the government to free their “brothers” from prison in order for them to set the girls free. These girls are suffering some of them have been forced to marry their abductors while others have forcefully been taken to countries like Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.
Three Israeli’s captured and murdered a 16 year old boy to seek revenge for three Israeli teenagers who were killed in the West Bank. This incident has been related to the Israel-Gaza fighting which has so far claimed more than 100 innocent lives. These are just some of the recent incidents that have caused alarm around the world. Both cases have one thing in common; revenge. But the questions still recurs; “how many more innocent people need to perish before the world decides to act and value their citizens”.
Countries worldwide have failed to see the importance of protecting their citizens which has resulted to violence and conflict among various countries in the world. Some countries would do what it takes to ensure the safety of their citizens only when a crisis occurs of which in most cases legal action is exercised when it is already too late.
If the world remains silent, violence will not come to an end. Instead individuals will keep on taking matters into their own hands which will result in chaos all around the world. These crimes can be avoided if countries learn to value their citizens by protecting them against such atrocities and doing all they can to ensure their citizens are safe whether they are in or out of the country. At least USA has demonstrated this!
Raising awareness through media, various initiatives and peace talks are some of the strategies that can be used to combat this violence; however, these are short term solutions to issues that keep on recurring over and over again. Long term solutions such as balance of power to ensure equality could be adopted as a strategy. This may not take effect immediately but with time it may yield a positive outcome and a possibility of better nations.