Every Life Matters…


We tell ourselves we are all equal. We teach them to the children at school. But coming from a society where we study mainly to pass exams and not to imbibe the knowledge, it is disheartening having to witness the injustice people usually found at the bottom of the social ladder, face on a regular basis.

Gone are the days when suspected lawbreakers are hurled to the police station for justice to take it due course and be served when need be. Gone are the days when killers were assumed to be hardcore criminals who lurked in the dark and pounced on vulnerable people.

These days, in our so-called ‘modern society’, the people we see on our streets day in day out all dressed up and about their business, could automatically turn into heartless beings at the sound of ‘thief!’ Like the American TV series, the Vampire Diaries, it seems people switch off their humanity and beat the life out of a fellow person like monsters. Even animals are spared and given a quick death and not made to suffer that horrible fate.

Last week started on a bad note for all Ghanaians upon hearing the news of how a noble army captain was lynched to death by some locals. It wasn’t the first time this has happened but this story touched every heart that heard it because for the first time, most of us got to see the agonizing video of how a helpless man was hit over and over again by his own countrymen.

I assumed we were all remorseful and that people would have a change of heart and not administer instant justice to anyone who is said to have stolen something but I assumed wrong. Just twenty four hours later, there was another story of a young man lynched in another city for allegedly stealing a phone. Then another story broke of an old woman who was lynched because she was thought to be a witch. And the latest is that of a 55-year old man who was also beaten to a pulp for allegedly stealing money from the woman who runs a pub, a place he frequented.

I hear all these stories and I wonder what went wrong. Why do people assume the one who cries ‘thief’ is always right and take the law into our own hands and beat people to death? What happens during that time that one’s pleas for mercy goes unheard and continues to be attacked until blood spills and breathing ceases?

Meanwhile the ‘big’ people in high offices embezzle huge amounts of state money and they get to walk scout free and even revered by the laymen who would beat their fellow who steals one Ghana cedi. How is that equality? Why are some entitled to have their case heard and others are not?

I can’t help but shudder when walking on the streets these days. I ask myself, so this guy who smiled at me when I greeted, would he turn on me and kill me if someone was to point a finger at me and call me thief? Are we all in danger? How can we be safe from such an enemy whom we can’t see until too late? Who would listen to us if accused of something?

Maybe it’s out of frustration at our law enforcement system that people resort to such cruelty. A criminal is caught red-handed and is released after a short while over ‘lack of evidence.’ He comes back to harass people the more and as such, others have made up their minds to put a stop to them once and for all. Even if he did something horrible, it is not up to us to take their lives away.

Let’s respect life and treat each one with dignity even if they falter.

If there’s one thing I’ve realized to my utter dismay, it’s that we all have it in us-to hurt each other if given the opportunity. I was shocked to hear educated people who should rather choose the rule of law, demand that the fate of the poor soldier be visited on the locals. If only we could tame that wild side of us and see each other as we see ourselves- human and worthy to be given a fair hearing, our society would feel safe for us to live in.

© Josephine Amoako 2017

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  1. Psalm 10
    1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
    Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
    2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
    Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
    3 For they brag about their evil desires;
    they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
    4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.
    They seem to think that God is dead.
    5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
    They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
    They sneer at all their enemies.
    6 They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
    We will be free of trouble forever!”
    7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.[a]
    Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
    8 They lurk in ambush in the villages,
    waiting to murder innocent people.
    They are always searching for helpless victims.
    9 Like lions crouched in hiding,
    they wait to pounce on the helpless.
    Like hunters they capture the helpless
    and drag them away in nets.
    10 Their helpless victims are crushed;
    they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
    11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
    He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”
    12 Arise, O Lord!
    Punish the wicked, O God!
    Do not ignore the helpless!
    13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
    They think, “God will never call us to account.”
    14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.
    You take note of it and punish them.
    The helpless put their trust in you.
    You defend the orphans.
    15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
    Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
    16 The Lord is king forever and ever!
    The godless nations will vanish from the land.
    17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
    Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
    18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
    so mere people can no longer terrify them.

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  2. This is a really great post, if more people thought like you our world would be much easier to live in.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. joseyphina says:

      Hmm… There are but the world is what it is. Thanks for reading.

      Like

  3. jpimbo says:

    David knew his times and our times. In Romans it says ‘those who judge and do the same’ Those with murder in their hearts God will judge. Murderers are no better than thieves.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Ufuomaee!

      Like

  4. Hope Jakisa says:

    Great insight!! Its really sad that we let the monster part of us take over issues where we are not even judges. This is an awesome appeal our judicial systems.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you for reading, Hope.

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  5. It’s disheartening how the evil of this world is being praised (when one person harms another, even to death) and it’s sad how situations like this are spreading all around. So sorry to hear about the devastations that has happened where you are. Here in America, the same situation seems to be happening as well. Instead of feeling helpless, as if we could not save those that were lost, we can stay in prayer and believe that God will heal our hearts, our spirits, and will love and support us all the way until the ends of our lifetime. Stay strong, be brave, continue praying, sis’ and keep on walking with Christ.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you for, Shakiya for your encouraging words.

      Liked by 1 person

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