Hunger and Thirst

Photo via: The Faces of Pakistan’s Catastrophe – SPIEGEL ONLINE

I know I keep going on and on about media representations of minorities here in Europe (specially in my other blog about The Netherlands) but right here, the Pakistan catastrophe proves, unequivocally what happens when entire groups of people are either removed from the media or only represented in an effort to dehumanize them. If you repeat, long enough, that these people are not “us”, that they don’t belong, that they are dangerous, don’t be surprised when nobody lifts a finger to help them. I even saw messages on Twitter, commenting how Pakistan should not be helped because they are Muslims. This child (and all the others in the photo essay), they are not people, they are not our responsibility, they are Muslims. How is this nonsense acceptable and not challenged from within?

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