- Three questions
Eight months ago the UNO launched an
appeal for the famine in Nigeria. The international community
reacts only now. Should we conclude to a general selfishness?
- First I am asking what is the responsibility
of the Nigeria government in its economic and political choices,
in its delay to alert the international community because this
famine could have been predicted. Why access to health care is
not free for those who are the poorest?
The President of Nigeria recently stated:"
There is no famine in Nigeria, only a food crisis" Did he
visit the area where the drama is happening to evaluate the importance
of the catastrophe? The Catholic Church, although in low minority,
is well involved in social action, did it give the alarm?
This being said, many nations turned a deaf ear to this catastrophe.
But if Nigeria had reacted earlier, probably the international
community would have reacted more quickly.
- It looks as if the international
generosity would presently be activated after an "emotional
chock" produced by images (ex. the tsunami). Another way
to say, the victims of conflicts or catastrophes who are not
shown on the television have no chance to be massively helped.
Do we need to change our system of international help? Can we
imagine a cheque with no specification for the humanitarian organizations
to invest this money coming from gifts in real priorities that
are not always well covered by the media?
- If a disaster is not reported by
television, it does not make big news. We need to see the images
of the disaster to feel concerned and to know why and for whom
we are giving money. More so this region of the Sahel is not
known by the public. Nobody goes on vacation over there! Fortunately
the NGO are already there before every body with the usual generosity
of their givers.
I have difficulty to see a cheque with no specification; one
would fear that the given money would not be well used.
Today there is enough food on the planet
to feed every body. But still there are famines. These last years
the population of the Sahel have been suffering from hunger.
- Then rather than asking each time
for the generosity of citizens, we would be better to make more
effective existing international organizations as PAM (World
Food Programme from UNO) to avert these dramas.
England has to face a new type
of terrorism, the authors of which are born in this country,
British citizens, and children of immigrants of the second generation.
How will the western democracies be able to face this new threat?
- We are not finished with terrorism!
It has imposed itself upon us and for a long time, the threat
will not be decreasing.
We begin to understand that the Islamic terrorism has the Western
world as an enemy, for its laicism, its democratic values, its
freedom of manners, its woman's rights and its materialism. It
is the fight against modernity, the jihad against the Western
It is a challenge for us to live more
intensely the values of the modernity: the liberties, the human
rights, the justice, and the democracy
It is an invitation to revise our models of integration of immigrants
and to understand more about Islam.
We have to be in solidarity with those who resist to a radical
Islamism in their own country or in our own. I am thinking about
the Iranian resistants.
We have to ask our governments not to comply with these Islamic
(Interviewed by Olivier Galzi)