Peace, justice and strong institutions. When researching for this article, I found it particularly hard to find a suitable topic. SDG X is supposed to be a segment, where our readers can stay up to date with the progress made in certain SDGs. But how can I specify peace? And justice? There is so much injustice happening in the world, and we are far from peaceful times. The event I picked for this article, may not scream SDG 16, but I do want to make an important point so listen up.
This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.
An article from the UN website reads “The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today told the United Nations Security Council that her Office is considering launching an investigation into alleged migrant-related crimes in Libya, including human trafficking.” Apparently there were reports of migrants, transiting through Libya. She went on to say that she was shocked that Libya has become a marketplace for human trafficking. Action needed to be taken. If nothing were to be done, the country will be at risk of returning to widespread conflict, which could in turn lead to human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law.
I will not go further into detail about this specific case but I just want to touch on another subject. The people in question who are being attacked, are innocents. All they want to do is to evade danger and possibly pass through to a better life, something that many people in that area attempt. These people are then subjected to horrifying things and instead of actually getting to that better place, they end up in a much worse one than the one they were fleeing from. I just want to make it evident, that people in these situations, are moving from one hopeless situation to another. Can you imagine what that feels like?
I empathise with these people a lot, albeit I cannot say that I know what they’re going through and I am thankful for that. But I do believe that they are in need of immediate help. Restoring peace is not an easy task but one thing I am certain of, is that it requires help. Help from everyone because our fellow human beings are suffering. A lot. And it is the responsibility of all of us to contribute to ease their suffering, even just a little bit.
In AIESEC we have many projects that help people, who are trying to escape lives of war and hunger. If you are struggling to think of ways how you can contribute, this could be something for you. You will actually be right in contact with the people you are helping and you will see the results of your work first hand (something that is much more satisfying, than just giving a donation, although that is also incredibly important).
So now I ask you. Will you help our fellow humans?