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A girl carrying her sibling on her back cries as she looks for her parents in the village of Kiwanja. Civilians have been on the march in eastern Congo, uprooted by fighting between the country’s army and rebels. November 6, 2008 (Associated Press / Jerome Delay)

A girl carrying her sibling on her back cries as she looks for her parents in the village of Kiwanja. Civilians have been on the march in eastern Congo, uprooted by fighting between the country’s army and rebels. November 6, 2008 (Associated Press / Jerome Delay)

My brother has recently posted a piece on what is happening in the Congo that anyone who considers themselves a person of principle should read. There are some things in the world that are more important that respecting the sovereignty of a nation or the ego and whims of a ‘general’ (Nkunda in this case). There can be no excuses for and no accommodating of this sort of pain in the interests of someone’s desire for power. No matter how well armed or inconvenient that person may be to remove.

It’s photos like that he has posted which force those of us sitting in comfort to have to face what is happening to fellow human beings and, looking inside, realise that there is no explanation or excuse we can give for not being involved that will ever be enough to justify accepting that this exists in the world. It is not enough to mean well, or to care in your heart. Without the courage of conviction to act when prompted, to connect your destiny in some way with those of people like this, we are nothing more than spectators to the worst of human impulses. The white noise that hides the screams and tears of the oppressed.