Recently (14-15th Oct, 2017), there was a bomb explosion that ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia. According to the latest statistics this event has resulted in the loss of over 276 lives, leaving over 300 people injured and a city in utter chaos. The bomb was said to have exploded in the midst of heaving traffic, during the night.
The heavy explosives were in a truck that was heading towards a specific target in the inner-city but was detonated on its way due to the suspicion of security guarding the Medina gate. So far no one has officially taken responsibility for the act but it is understood that an offshoot of the Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, are to blame.
While the political situation here is tense, it’s interesting to see that most news outlets feature that tension has risen after Trump was elected president, perhaps a discussion for someone with a deeper understanding of the country and its military i.e. not me.
What I find difficult to comprehend is the lack of solidarity the rest of the world has shown towards this unsettling event. It’s heartbreaking to see that the loss of life in different parts of the world mean different things. You would think that with our instant connection to the world as a result of the internet the entire planet would be able to react and unite so as to assist in anyway possible, but this is simply not the case. Below are some of the screenshots of tweets, emphasising this lapse in humanity:
This should not be the case at all. Ultimately though, we know that that is what it has come to. We have to take the initiative to change the way news works so that everyone is aware of what’s taking place around them, and that there’s 24 hour coverage on events like this as well.
Take a step, read the news, not just on twitter or your usual networks, have a look around, spend five minutes a day to find out what’s really happening.
Wishing you the best!