After the body count


When violence breaks out in Africa or anywhere else, especially when it is fueled by religion and/or ethnicity, it is bound to get out of control. A distinct cruelty and inhumanness is involved. Such violence has been a part of the history of the continent for a very long time, with the recent catastrophe being in Central Africa Republic.  
Actually it is not so recent; it has been over a year since the tension that has now led to the current chaos ravaging the country started to be noticed. However,  it is human nature to ignore signs of destruction, until the inevitable happens and doomsday is upon us (us in a sense is countries and international organizations, it would be insanely ridiculous  to be talking about regular people).  
While people in the Central African Republic are hacking each other with machetes and setting each other on fire, international organizations have been expressing their concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
It is always ‘so and so from the UN expressed a profound alarm regarding situations in CAR’ or ‘the African Union has stressed the imperative of restoring  public order and the protection of the civilian population’.
As the violence in Central African Republic gets even more gruesome, mimicking the horrific violence in Rwanda, the glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel is yet to be seen. I often wonder what is really the point of having these so called international or humanitarian organizations and the likes of the United Nations or the African Union?
Although I can’t only be critical about these organizations as they have also contributed greatly  to bringing stability and assistance to a lot of countries in many situations, in some cases I feel that they usually decide to finally do something when things have finally taken a horrific form.
Sectarian conflicts are very tricky to find solutions for. For those who fight for the validation of their religion, the highest authority they answer to is not the police, the government, or the so called international organizations set up to bring balance to the world, nor is it their humanity; their highest authority is their creator.
I don’t believe that pressure, warnings or advice from humanitarian organizations or regional institutions is going to actually accomplish a real resolution.  French peace keepers in CAR, although they may have brought the hope of safety, will not save even a significant number.
To a religious person, next to their higher power, they are most likely to follow their clergy. Religious leaders have more power than necessary; they have millions of people beneath them willing to carry across messages and translate them into actions if necessary. Hence the messages fed to people by these leaders have the power to alter the very fabric of reality.
What causes a normal decent human being to get up one day and inflict horrifying things on another human being?
In the core sense of it, I believe that no religion encourages and preaches hate or violence. People with ‘normal’ mental capabilities are bound to accept and follow good rather than evil, especially if they are following a religion. Yet sometimes they are brain washed by other ideologies that when you really think about it have absolutely noting to do with religion in the first place.
In the Central African Republic, a country where the situation has gotten to the point of a person eating another, literally, as it has been reported, it is a place where evil has set its domain, and evil does not lay down to people in uniforms, it lays down to a person’s will.
So maybe, just maybe that is where the appeal should be.