“Breakdown the wall, Build a bridge” by Dr. Elias Gebru

A few years back, there was one picture that touched many hearts; a single shot which showed numerous sad truths of our current world. It was a picture of a 4 years old Syrian child raising her little hands for a photographer.

Dr. Elias Gebru. Elias, 27, is a Medical Doctor at Jimma University Medical Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please read his article and leave your thoughts and comments below.

“Actually, I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” says the Turkish photojournalist Osman Sagirli, the guy who shot this historical photo, to BBC. “I realized she was terrified after I took it, and looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or run when they see a camera.” He says he finds pictures in the refugee camps particularly revealing, “You know there are displaced people in the camps. It makes no sense to see what they have suffered through adults, but through children. It is the children who reflect the feelings with their innocence.”

But I would rather say this unfortunate girl wouldn’t care about the weapon or the camera. And if she was old enough to express her feelings she would write this poem,

Money & Power, All that you care about

A fleeting comfort, devil shade resort

A gun or a media, all are the same for me

If they hide what I feel, show me no empathy

Reflect my look, an innocent soul, a baby`s anxiety;

My hands are raised, their hands are dirty…

Justice is not served!

With spoiled cause, they shot morality!

I don’t believe the civil wars in Syria and other Arab countries have got the concern and help they deserve from the rest of the world. So far half a million people, mostly children, have died only in Syria. Not to mention the physical injuries and migrations. We should never expect to live peacefully while our neighbors face such a disaster; because what goes around comes around. It is not a surprise if boys and girls who went through such hardship easily become terrorists in the near future. Whenever a country drops a bomb on another country a child conceives a fruit of revenge for that country. The killing and dying vicious cycle continues in such a way. And this is not a hypothesis! It is rather an obvious reality. If you really consider the identity of people who undertake the terror attacks in Paris, Vegas, and Belgium… and so on and so forth you will come to the realization that they were once victims themselves or family and friends of another victims. Sir Isaac Newton explained this simply through his Third Law, saying that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So shall we be a smart generation and stop trying to end terrorism by creating another terror and destruction.

Creating a world that serves equal Justice for all is the best way to modulate terrorism from the grass root level. As the visionary Martin Luther King Jr. put it well, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have to be brave and informed to fight any injustice and inhuman thing taking place in our neighborhood, our city, our country, our continent & our planet at large.

South Africans express this wisdom by the word “Ubuntu”. Ubuntu’s meaning (in modern days) is that if an accident happens at any instant, at any time, and any place, the audience feels the same as the victim – most will rush to help the casualty, it doesn’t matter who, they empathically feel their pain. That defines Ubuntu at a glance.

“(In the old times,) A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or water. Once he stops, the people will give him food and attend him…

“That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it also has other various aspects. Ubuntu doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t enrich themselves. The question therefore is, are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”

These were the literal words Nelson Mandela used to describe the true meaning of Ubuntu by giving a real life example.

‘Ubuntu as it is translated in a philosophical sense it means the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects humanity.’

On a related page, the Liberian peace activist Leyman Gbowee gave this word another incredible definition by saying,

“I am what I am because of who we all are.” I would say this defines Ubuntu.

Wisdom like Ubuntu plays a key role in the quality prevalence of Justice. Because unbiased humanity, truthfulness with transparency is what Justice is all about. And a spherical justice is essential for a global serenity.

On another page inequality is also the pitfall of this age’s justice. The rich and powerful are somehow favored in the face of the rule of law. Based on nationality, wealth and political power people are treated differently. But this lack of impartiality will lead us to our doom. “The poor will have nothing to eat but the rich” will eventually be true if inequality continues. This system of building a pyramid, leaving the majority on the lowest living conditions and suffering while letting few others monopolize the world will not have a good outcome. Even it is against nature itself because spherically working strings are the building blocks of nature. The earth wasn’t constructed as a pyramid but it was architected as a sphere. The spherical shape is the most settling structure of the universe! That is why the Highest One selected it to create our earth and other planets, the living and the non-living, the light source stars including the sun, its solar system, the Milky Way, most of the final biological makeup of the images of the Highest One, their cells, and the smallest particle of all matter, the atom, photons of energy and so forth… The Highest One chose the spherical shape so that all the energy and matter of creation could be transferred, exchanged, shared and recycled in the circles of life; rotate like pilgrims, circumnavigate like wanderers and evolve as a creation rather than being a bouncing deficit between the three corners of triangles.

If they really want to see a sustained peace with unlimited insurance in the future, human beings must consider a system inclusive of every living thing in the circle; let their system roll like their wheels and sports balls. Pyramidal civilizations have always failed, no matter how advanced and sophisticated they were.

If we live as an intellectual world, people we may not even need a written law to be just to one another, love is enough to understand the whole image. If we truly look at the face of that baby girl who raised her hands for a photograph thinking it was a weapon, we will certainly feel her pain and understand the ignored voice of hundred thousand children in the Middle East. We will stand up with compassion and be the judges, juries and law enforcers to serve justice to these poor souls. To break down the walls and fences of our borders and build roads and bridges to save others! To help one another just for humanity sake! To stop injustice anywhere so that it will not be a threat to justice everywhere.


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