In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
HUMAN TRAGEDIES ARE SURMOUNTING – WHAT TO DO?
[Shamim A Siddiqi,
World is fast drifting towards total chaos and frustration. Leaving aside, its political turmoil, economic exploitation, racial and religious discriminations and ever-increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots, the scarcity of basic human needs and their availability to millions and millions masses around the five continents of the globe has become the matter of extreme urgency. More than a billion people, one fourth of human population do not get two square meals a day. The scarcity of drinking water around the world is, currently, the most challenging question before the so-called civilized world.
Drinking water constitutes only
0.09 % of the total water available on earth. The entire world depends on sweet
water lakes, inland rivers and the water that lies under the ground and can be
brought up through deep wells and the glaciers that are on the top of the high
mountains. But this water is not accessible to millions without purification
and making it fit for human consumption. In rivers it is polluted, from tube
well, it is mixed with iron and other substances and from ponds and lakes it is
contaminated and extremely harmful, especially for the children. As such, the
poor, the needy living in Asia, Africa and
The World Body celebrated March 22 as World Water Day and published statistics that tell how the advanced people and the developed world have become callous and do not think even in their own interest that if the poor dies today who will provide the markets for their finished products.
* Currently, over 3, 900 children are killed due to water-related diseases every day;
* 1.1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water around the world’
* Diseases related to inadequate water sanitation kill 2 to 5 million people every year;
* The average distance that women in Africa and
* Only 58 % children in sub-Saharan region drink safe water;
* 73 million working days are lost in
It is a very horrible situation
of the world that is fast marching ahead to live in space. If a society that
cannot meet the basic needs of its inhabitants on earth has no right to “live”
in the skies; what right it has to exist
and exploit the meager resources of the underdeveloped world by fraud and
multinational corporation game plan to maximize their profits at the cost of the poor and the needy? Compare to the
It is the moral obligation of
each developed nation, especially the
That is the only way left with the “civilized” underdeveloped world to give a lesson to the “uncivilized” developed world to give redress to the centuries old exploitation of the countries of three continent first in the name of colonization and imperial games and then in the name of “ loans for developments” to the underdeveloped countries. Equally, the rulers of the underdeveloped countries who fell easy pray to the treacherous game of exploitation through “misinformation” must be “caught and hanged” in the thoroughfares of each capital city as they were number one culprit to be entrapped by the Corporate America in close connivance of the Whitehouse & CIA for making their respective fortunes. They must not go unpunished. This appears to be the only way to ameliorate the sufferings of human tragedies that are surmounting fast.
Shamim A Siddiqi
March 28, 2005