Syrians need urgent help from the world community, The United Nations, The United States, Major European powers and select Arab nations are doing whatever they can manage to bring peace and stability to Syria. Koffi Annan is spending most of his time shuttling from one capital to another in a mission meant to pacify the Syrian situation. I hope that a peaceful and lasting solution is urgently found to the Syrian crisis before it escalates to a full-blown sectarian and civil war pitting brother against brother.
However, the world should also now focus its lens to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Crimes against humanity are being committed and the voice of those suffering is not being disseminated enough in the mainstream media, it has been given almost a blackout and shunted to the periphery. Marauding militia are killing, raping and looting rendering entire villages desolate as the inhabitants take to their heels to neighbouring countries. The situation has gone beyond the control of the Kabila administration warranting the use of force by the United Nations peacekeepers. It is high time the Congolese government accepted that it is incapable of governing and ruling the DRC. The putsch managed by rebel soldiers attests to this. It cannot claim legitimacy when its citizens are losing their lives and property under its very nose, it is clearly inept if not complicit.
The renegade soldiers and their acolytes should and must be forced to cease with immediate effect the thoughtless and beastly targeting of civilian population in their pursuit of power. The people of DRC have suffered for decades while the world watched and plundered the natural and mineral resources of their country. The world should now pay back in kind; by guaranteeing sustainable peace in the DRC, it is not a tall order, there was a time the world powers installed Mobutu Seseseko as the president who went on to make the lives of the Zaireans that of the wretched of the earth until his ouster in 1997, the means and ways which were used to cause the damage are the same if need be, that can be used to right the wrongs. Let them use both legal instruments and all viable options to stop the war and carnage in the DRC.
The future and lives of the children and the women of the DRC must be protected and guaranteed now or it will always be in peril. It seems the trial and subsequent sentencing of former warlord Thomas Lubanga by the ICC does not appear to have startled the merchants of war. Threats alone do not appear to be working, they never worked against Osama Bin Laden, after the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings of 1998, he felt emboldened and decided to take on the empire itself in its turf, The US. The consequences were horrendous, the conscience and focus of the whole world was now keen on the elimination of OBL. This resoluteness paid off on 2nd May, 2011 in Abottabad when he was taken out. Since his death, Al Qaeda has continued to be decimated through precise strikes and the world is in someway safer even if it is just psychologically.
A strong message should be sent out. No effort should be spared in bringing the merchants of death in the DRC to book, no means should be spared, all avenues should be used including but not just limited to the elimination of the masterminds and funders of the war. They have chosen the path of war not diplomacy and they must be made to feel the sting of it. They have defiled the very meaning and essence of the sanctity of life and they should not be allowed to get way with it. The world must unite and make an example of them so that people with think twice before taking up arms to oppress innocent civilians.