Calling for an End to Violence in Eritrea

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 27th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/w3c-t2jb/
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Untrained boys forced into lifelong conscription in an endless civil war. The only trained power and proper firearms are in the hands of the leader's bodyguards. Eritreans have been trying to escape for too long. How will they stop the cycle of violence?

Boat Crash

Multiple boat crashes from Eritrea vessels on their way to Italy have taken the lives of Eritreans. Another 60,000 Eritreans (and people from Sudan) are hiding out in Israel. Survivors are condemned to deportation back to the place where they are condemned to take up arms against each other in support of the terrorist who uses force to remain in power. It is a dangerous situation.

Deadly Leadership

What would a leader do without subjects to lead? What would happen if the men of Eritrea refused to take up arms? If the women of Eritrea followed the example of Leymah Gwobee, could they end the terrible war?

Think about the ending of the movie (or book) The Hunger Games. The rules had stated that two contestants from the same district could win. Then, when District 12 accomplishes that, the game makers change the rules again, saying there can only be one winner. They expect Katniss to kill Peeta. Peeta expects the same. But in this scene from the movie -- starting at the 1:00 mark -- Katniss takes control of the game she's being forced to play, risking her life and Peeta's to do it:

Life Imitates Art Imitates Life

The Hunger Games is a work of fiction penned by Suzanne Collins. It is art. However, one does not have to look hard to find children in the world competing in impossible situations -- sweat shops, cults, child soldiers -- children who grow up in war torn areas would see a lot of similarities between their lives and the lives of characters in The Hunger Games.

If art imitates life, why shouldn't life imitate art? If every child soldier refused to fight -- was gunned down by the government as punishment for their refusal -- how is that different from accepting the situation of being forced to fight, knowing one day will be the last? The problem right now is that the people of Eritrea would prefer to flee or act as individuals instead of acting as a nation. This lack of solidarity causes the terrorist leadership to win.

Parallels

Another parallel between Gbowee, Katniss, and possibility in Eritrea is tied to sexual abstinence. In The Hunger Games series, Katniss says she never wants kids, because she could not handle seeing her children's names go into the pot to be contestants for the Hunger Games. She became a contestant to keep her sister from being one. She avoids sexual relationships while the Hunger Games could be a factor, even though at one point she fakes pregnancy.

Leymah Gbowee knew that sexual abstinence would help end the war in her country. She knew that personal abstinence alone would not be enough. She knew that the women in her country had to be organized, had to be courageous, and had to stand together. However, she knew that peaceful demonstrations and sit-ins would not be effective without the withholding of sex.

In order to end the civil war in Eritrea, methods such as these must be considered. The Eritreans need to take back their country, as other countries have done. They need to be willing to fight (figuratively) for peace in their own land. Unless drastic measures are taken, the Eritrean people will never be free.

Credits

The cartoon image is a 2008 poster by Rafaela Tasca and Carlos Latuff that appears here.
The flag and map are courtesy of Wikipedia.
The YouTube Video of The Hunger Games gives credit to Lionsgate -- I do not own any part of the film, and my use of the video is for illustrative purposes only.

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Boat Crash, Eritrea, Forced Conscription, Immigration, Israel, Italy, Peace, Reform, War

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Oct 2013 (#)

how dreadful is man's inhumanity to man..thank you Phyl for this enlightening page...blessings..

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

This is indeed enlightening but so tragic, Phyl. Thanks for shining on a dark place.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, ladies. If I didn't have a friend enlightening me, it would just be another world news story. But knowing someone and seeing such courageous people inspires me to write.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Oct 2013 (#)

just keep on doing it Phyl xox

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author avatar Carol
28th Oct 2013 (#)

What a terrible thing. it's great you have highlighted it Phyl

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
29th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Eritrea is in the news for the wrong reasons and that is all most care like other hotbed areas of conflict. Seeing so much of wickedness makes us impervious to the daily news highlighting them. It is mere statistics to those not directly involved. The silent majority, in a way, acquiesces in such heinous acts. Thanks Phyl for the highlight. We should find a way out collectively - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Agreed. We see death tolls from people escaping, much like in a different day with Pol Pot. It is the everyday which must be addressed by the people themselves. Suicide and mass murder don't sound like much of a plan, but neither does living under terrorist rule.

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