What in God’s name is happening in the world?

Has the world gone utterly crazy? 

by Alan Simons

Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, admits kidnapping 276 young Nigerian schoolgirls for the purpose of selling them as slaves. Today, a further group of girls have been kidnapped.

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, on Hamas’ TV’s children programme tell children to kill all Jews.

The Palestinian Authority’s (Fatah) TV station gives airtime to a young elementary schoolgirl who recites a poem expressing the view, “To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist’s soul.”

The Taliban killed seven women and seven children all members of the same extended family, while they visited the tomb of a relative in Afghanistan.

In France, an Islamist gunman shoots dead three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

An air strike by Syrian fighter jets targets a school in Aleppo, killing 25 children.

What in God’s name is happening in the world?

A friend, a Holocaust survivor, once said to me that he wanted his published memoir to be a testimony to uncover the worst in human behaviour, so there is an awareness and hopefully inoculation against the repetition of these most evil and shameful acts, irrespective of one’s religion, race and colour, ethnic or national origin. At 85+ years of age he continues to visit schools and institutions to tell his personal story. “For me,” he says, “as a ten-year-old Jewish boy living in my native land, and six years later having survived living in five concentration death camps, my life has given me the ability to know all too well how a normal society can be transformed into a culture where mass murder is tolerated.” My friend believes “human behaviour is such that we can rise to great heights, but also sink to great depths of evil.”

He tells his passionate story to the youth of today. It is a story that asks us to be vigilant and be each others keeper. Is anyone listening?

In many countries children are under siege.  In Syria, it is estimated 7,000 children have been killed, one in three children have been hit, kicked or shot at during the past three years. Over 5 million children are in need of assistance. 

Last month in South Sudan, it was reported that gunmen targeted both children and the elderly and left “piles and piles” of bodies — many of those in a mosque. In Rwanda, just twenty years ago, Tutsi children were raped, tortured, and slaughtered. Between 200,000 to 500,000 women were raped. Local NGOs calculate the widespread campaign of rape and torture led to the births of an estimated 20,000 children.

In Canada, yes in Canada, “thousands of Canada’s aboriginal children died in residential schools that failed to keep them safe from fires, protected from abusers, and healthy from deadly disease, a commission into the saga has found. So far, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has determined that more than 4,000 of the school children died.” 

Have we not learned anything from genocide and Holocaust atrocities? We live in a world where the lust for killing continues ad infinitum. We have sunk to great depths of evil. As individuals, is there no appetite left in us to overcome our differences, regardless of our religion to stand up to the perpetrators of evil? I wait to hear from you.

 (Photo credit: informationng.com)

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