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Conflict Recycling Through Enemy Image Construction In The Media

Literally, Conflict Recycling Through Enemy Image Construction In The Media, may simply refer to the attributes used by the media to assuage an already existing grudge or hatred against person to person, tribe to tribe, religion to religion or country to country through information dissemination.

Over the years, the media, local and other international donor agencies have played significant roles in conflict recycling through their respective activities, which are aimed at providing immediate and afterwards relief materials, among others for those in need, especially in the war-torn countries.

What Role Have the NGOs and Other Donor Agencies Played

According to reports, more than 7,000 miles across the ocean, developing countries have continued to struggle with genocide, environmental woes, civil wars, poverty and hunger, just to name a few. While these African and Southeast Asian countries are wealthy in culture, beauty and natural resources, they continue to be worlds of unimaginable destruction.

Addressing the issue of Conflict Recycling Through Enemy Image Construction In The Media will not only be beneficial to the government, but will also serve as term paper that will help identify some of the prevalent political situations in the country and its avoidable dangers.

Hence the references to be made on the role played by some foreign donors across the globe to assist the less privileged and the need to take the issue of Conflict Recycling and Enemy Image Construction very seriously. This presentation is apt, considering the level of insecurity, divisions and hate speeches that are currently bewildering the nation and the need to address it head-on.

The Role Played By TRAID

Since its launch in 1999, TRAID has donated more than $2 million to projects in underdeveloped regions around the globe, including Darfur, Sudan.

Since its launch in 1999, TRAID has donated more than $2 million to projects in underdeveloped regions around the globe. TRAID’s current projects include environmental development in Kenya and the SolarAid project in Malawi. One notable project was TRAID’s contribution to Oxfam’s work in Darfur, Sudan.

Since 2004, Oxfam has had a major presence and has helped more than half a million people in Darfur and Chad, despite the pullout of other major humanitarian organizations. The crisis in Darfur is now approaching its seventh year with more than 300,000 casualties and more than 2.5 million displaced. While the U.S. has identified the situation as genocide, political obstacles are inhibiting the possibility of a peaceful future.

TRAID’s donations are used for providing clean water and sanitation facilities, distributing essential items (blankets, utensils and clean clothing) and the movement to reduce the people’s dependency on aid through training schemes and providing animals and farming tools.

The Role Played By Word Computer Exchange (WCE)

World Computer Exchange (WCE) as an NGO, has been supplying educational opportunity to the youth across 65 developing countries, WCE’s ultimate goal is to “expand minds, not landfills.”

WCE has 20 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Sweden and is currently exploring new developing chapters in India, New Zealand and Chile. With more than 700 volunteers, WCE has gathered, tested and shipped 26,700 computers to 2,550 schools, libraries, orphanages and youth centers.WCE just completed its project in Tanzania, donating 200 computers to 14 school, orphanages and youth centers.

WCE just completed its ongoing project in Tanzania. Volunteers succeeded in raising $6,729 to fund the last one-third of shipping and sourcing costs for 200 computers, which were shipped on March 25. The average annual income in Tanzania is $1,300, and only one percent of the population currently uses the Internet. WCE’s involvement with the country is an effort to bolster the quality of education. This shipment will connect 14 schools, orphanages and youth centers with Internet access. WCE highlights projects still needing funding on its Web site. Among those locations are Honduras, Kenya, Senegal, Bolivia, Nepal and Nigeria.

The Role Played By CollectiveGood And CARE

CollectiveGood Company partners with major charities, such as CARE, to refurbish mobile phones and provide affordable service in developing countries. CARE has been improving the lives of Sri Lankans since 1950 despite an ongoing 25-year civil war. CARE, a CollectiveGood partner, is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting global poverty by promoting innovative solutions and global responsibility.

Last year alone, CARE made developments in more 66 countries. There are currently more than 800 active CARE projects. The organization has assisted in the development of Sri Lanka since it began its work in 1950. The country’s 25-year-long civil war has officially claimed more than 70,000 lives and remains one of the world’s deadliest ongoing conflicts.

CARE provides assistance to those displaced by tackling the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. CARE assists in farming, managing natural resources and preserving the environment. The organization claims it will continue to remain in the country despite the recent loss of a staff member killed in a conflict zone on March 17.

The Role Of Globus Relief

Globus Relief donates medical and hygeinic supplies to rural African hospitals. Founded in 1996, Globus Relief acts as a catalyst for other international charities to receive their supplies. It has special projects in developing countries around the world. Highlighted locations include HumPac operations in African countries. Globus Relief contributed a total of $105,089 in supply donations for the Kissi Deseret Hospital in Ghana. In Nigeria, the organization contributed a total of $233,171 in supplies and equipment for rural medical clinics. Globus Relief has also had a presence in the Darur crisis by donating $119,530 in supplies for refugee camps and medical centers.

Manipulation Of Falsehood To Achieve Political Interest

Although, no politician has been brought to book on several allegations that the issues of farmers–herdsmen crashes, Boko Haram insurgency, religious intolerance, political and tribal sentiments in the country are politically motivated over the years.

But in order to achieve parochial and selfish political interests, politicians have continued to rely on religious or ethnic backgrounds as the only sure way to get support and win elections, thereby sow a seed of discord and hatred in the mind of the electorate, without recourse to the dire consequences of such an action to our collective peace.

What Role Should The Public Play?

The citizenry should as a matter of national interest, desist from listening to  messages or information that will incite them against one another from politicians but to hold them accountable on each promise made during their electioneering campaign.

The masses should have it at the back of their mind that politician(s) will always come and go, but they will continue live together in their various states or local government areas, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation.

What Government Must Do

As enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, it is the primary responsibility of government at all level to protect the lives and property of its citizens and to ensure equitable distribution of its common wealth.

By doing so, the citizens, ethnic nationalities or regions in the country will have a sense of belonging, which will discourage the spirit hatred, division and distrust among tribes of the country. Failure of government to carry out its responsibility to the citizenry will bring about disconnect between the government and the governed. This development, will in doubt, make the role of the media in enemy image construction, a bit difficult.

The present political, religious, and tribal sentiments in the country is dicey situation that requires urgent enemy image construction which government as a catalyst, must deploy available mechanism for a quick and possible enemy image construction in collaboration with the media.

The current level of hatred and division among ethnic groups in the last few years in Nigeria requires urgent attention by government and other relevant stakeholders across the length and breadth of the country. This will help to forestall possible breakdown of law and order in the nation.

The Way Forward

To curb the trending menace of greed and selfishness that characterized the process and emergence of any political candidate, political parties will ensure that the following should be handled and treated with utmost urgency:

  1. Stop the imposition of candidates on the electorate
  2. Provide a level playing field for all aspiring candidates
  3. Abolish the syndrome of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigerian politics
  4. Reduce fee for party nomination forms to accommodate younger aspirants
  5. To ensure that promises made to the electorate during campaign are fulfilled and
  6. To desist from campaign of calumny against opponents, etc.

According to Dr. Rolf Schettler in a report on private NGO project in Mali:“But nevertheless, my critical reflections on one side and [my] own experiences have given the following conclusion: Everybody can help to change our world and to move it to a better future.”

This statement by Dr. Rolf Schettler in a report on a private NGO project in Mali demonstrates that while the fight against global conflict is often overwhelming, it starts with collective efforts. Partnerships between humanitarian organizations, the government and the media are giant steps towards peace and development and not just in war-torn countries alone. Conflict Recycling Through Enemy Image Construction In The Media isn’t just about saving the country – it’s also about changing a peoples way of life for peace, unity and development of the country.

Therefore, the media as a watch dog of the society should in the interest of the masses ensure that government is accountable to its citizens and to be commended when necessary. They should continue to write and promote articles that are aimed at Conflict Recycling and Enemy Image Construction for the collective good of the people and the nation at large. The media should as well continue to commend the efforts and roles that are being played by both local and international donor agencies in helping to reshape the future of indigent persons across the world. They should at all times scrutinize and disseminate balanced stories that will help promote peace, unity and trust among citizens of the country.  And ensure that the freedom of opinion and expression (freedom of expression) which is a fundamental human right, protected in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is respected.

By Blaise Elumezie 

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