News across the world have been making me worried of what is happening in nations. For instances: Mosul has been under attack as ISIL has replaced hundred thousands of its residents mercilessly killing thousands. The thing about watching CNN,BBC and Al-Jazeera (i rarely watch local news) is that they bring the action close to you and hearing children narrate ordeals and loved ones cry for their dead family members makes you want to join the Holy order. Marawi in the Philippines under the ISIS attack has seen people stay indoors as rescuers take their risk and go around homes to rescue survivors; then martial law is taking over! Syria has been on the forefront of war since I can remember, 6 years, yes you heard me and still ongoing (take a break!) Iran and Afghanistan are other nations that bombs are not a vocabulary and peace is the jargon. London has also had its fair share of terror attacks especially the van attacks and after Ariana’s concert. North Korea and its missiles, dammit! What are they launching that never ceases? 100+ days under the Trump administration in the USA where deals and agreements make me go like “who voted you in?” It is so covfefe in there but hey Happy Independence Day.
Back to Mama Africa and we are greeted by the despair in Mali. What happened to it having been the first African Nation to have the best university in Timbuktu? Did you know people from all the world used to come to Mali to study? What then happened to it been like a desert where war never fades? Libya; you caught my eyes during Gaddafi’s tenure but after his death I thought you could cool off but to the surprise of many war mode is still on. So many migrants are crossing over to Europe states and soon the Westerners shall not accommodate you all. Boko Haram in Nigeria showcased they can make over 200 girls disappear but seems they are surrendering to the Nigerian Army and I smell a win. In South Sudan it seems the peace agreement was used to light someone’s stove even before it could be digested in as the 2 horses can never put their grudges behind. Now I hear there is a humanitarian catastrophe. Al-shabab in Somalia and also partly in my country continue to terrorize nations that have known conciliation since time in memorial. Civil wars in DRC Congo and Central African Republic; border wars between Eritrea and Djibouti yet so small states but with the ongoing African Union Summit let me wait and see how they address conflict. The recent disturbance is how Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain could cut ties with Qatar. Those 13 demands are hysterical to say the least but come on, do not shut down Al-Jazeera and end this Gulf crisis! We (Kenya) head for the polls on August 8th and we pray amity shall prevail and no past shall haunt us. In fact on August 4th Rwanda votes and anticipate we shall emulate them.
All this and much more reminds me of a comparison of society to a traditional stool in the UNBOWED book
. It has 3 legs that represent three critical pillars of just and stable societies. The 1st leg stands for democratic space, where rights are respected, whether they are human rights, women rights, children rights or environmental rights. The 2nd represent sustainable and equitable management of resources. And the 3rd stands for cultures of peace that are deliberately cultivated with communities and nations. The seat represents society and its prospects for development. Unless all three legs are in place, supporting the seat, no society can thrive. Neither can its citizens develop their skills and creativity. When one leg is missing, the seat is unstable; when two are missing it is impossible to keep any state alive; and when no legs are available, the state is as good as a failed state. No development can take place in such a state either. Instead, conflict ensues.
You can clearly see that in some nations they are either missing one leg, two or three legs. How well we thrive and bring back the stool to its stability depends on all our efforts but how far can we go for firmness?