Grazia magazine is the most unlikely publication to feature news on world affairs, but sandwiched between stories on Kim Kardashian and ‘this season’s latest trends’ is the heading: ‘A mother forced to drown her own baby, a seven-year-old girl killed for stealing grain, entire families starved in torture camps. The living nightmare of North Korea’. It is difficult to read this and not have a reaction. So I did what any sane person would do in reaction to something so hellish yet is powerless to help, I stuck a kitchen knife in the picture of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It seemed the most natural thing in the world to do, which is why such awful prison camps exist, because he knows he has to frighten people beyond all comprehension, because secretly he is frightened of what the masses could do to him if they were given any freedom.
This entire abuse of human rights has no place in today’s society regardless of where such atrocities take place and the UN and Governments around the world need to start taking a view on how these people can be helped. We can no longer turn a blind eye as we did with the holocaust and other human rights tragedies such as Rwanda’s genocide. Although it is hard to see editorial on such superficial and vacuous subjects as fashion alongside reports of barbaric crimes against humanity, I give Grazia credit for featuring the story and helping to raise awareness. After all Grazia cannot be accused of an editorial policy that merely reflects editorial policy and society. While Anna Wintour casts her unforgiving sunglass stare on a designer show, a mother in North Korea is forced by guards to drown her baby because it cries too much. If only Anna Wintour could turn her highly critical judgement to crimes against humanity instead of fashion, we might actually make some progress.
In my naïve way (that doesn’t take into account other reasons for going to war i.e oil) I would like t o think that Kim J-U is next on the hit list after Bin Laden and that the UN have a plan to influence the politics of the country in a direction that does not harm the people of North Korea. So what can be done in the meantime while the politicians and UN officials get their act together? I will start with a letter to my MP to find out exactly what the UK Government’s position is on this problem and I will sign Amnesty’s petition – you can too here.
And of it means going into war with North Korea, I say bring it on.
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