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This can’t be true

A UN investigation reports a network from Eastern Europe and the Middle East providing arms to South Sudan.

A SPLA soldier cheers-up holding his weapon from the trench in Lelo village, outside Malakal, at the northern part of South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – AFP
A SPLA soldier cheers-up holding his weapon from the trench in Lelo village, outside Malakal, at the northern part of South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – AFP

“Can’t this be true? This is the twentieth century, not the Middle Ages”. This was said by a Jewish boy to his father during the Nazi’s extermination and written by the Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel in his amazing novel Night. It was published in the 50s, but the sentence is still valid in many current contexts. Conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan have ashamed many of us who realise that mankind is still acting as apemen.

But it’s not totally true. Wars, genocides and holocausts are more elaborated than we think. Those who kill and torture in many countries, mostly in Africa, are supported by big networks of businessmen from Europe, America and Middle East who are making huge fortunes. A recent UN investigation details that since 2014, companies from Bulgaria or Israel have been selling weapons to South Sudan, one of the countries with the biggest rate of arms among the population and suffering a bloody civil war for the past three years.

It reminds me a lot the documentary film We come as friends, by Hubert Sauper, that explains very well the hypocrisy of the western world that thinks it can lecture African countries while fuelling disasters to get good profits.

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