I followed with great interest your visit on the 18th of this month to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where millions of Jews and members of other minorities perished during the Second World War under the directives of Hitler.
I must commend your visit because you are among the few world leaders that have visited this camp – a show of courage and strength that you have within. Auschwitz stands as a reminder to men of every time of man’s inhumanity to man.
During your emotional visit, you said that Auschwitz-Birkenau is not simply a register of atrocities,” and that “In this haunting silence, we see the remnants of human life, we hear the cry of history and humanity. And through all of this, it becomes ever clearer that every life is precious. Every person matters1,”
You stressed, “For our shared future, let us embrace our common duty as members of the human family to build a world of peace, justice, equality and human dignity for all, the world must never forget, deny or downplay the Holocaust, we must remain ever on our guard. And we must do more, far more, to promote equality and fundamental freedoms.”
You also noted that anti-Semitism has not ended since flames of hatred and persecution have risen again to consume other societies – from the killing fields of Cambodia to the forests of Srebrenica and to the hills of Rwanda and that Anti-Semitism retains its hold in too many places. In Europe and elsewhere, migrants, Muslims, Roma and other minorities face rising discrimination.
Your Excellency, I agree with you totally that human life is precious and every person matters and that it is our common duty to fight for the right and freedom of all.
But I think that relegating the issue of anti-Semitism to only discrimination against religious belief though important is rather myopic in this current world.
When we speak about the Holocaust what comes to mind is how a group of people – the Jews, disabled persons, dissents, Poles, Sinti, Roma- were classified as “parasitic” races and “untermenschen” (sub humans) through the arbitrary will of one man( Hitler). This is a sorry situation which you said must never happen again, yet it is happening even now.
In America, Europe, China and elsewhere around the globe, today, governments have classified groups of people like the unborn, the sick, the elderly, the physically challenged as parasites and sub humans, without rights and thus their existence are subject to the discretion of others.
The legalisation of abortion and euthanasia is akin to the Nazi policy towards the Jews, even if camouflaged under the notion of freedom and equality. Innocent children are killed in the millions, the world over in the abortion clinics– the new gas chambers of the modern world. Children in the womb of their mothers are perceived as “diseases” to be cured; the sick and the elderly as “parasites” on the government coffers.
Sir, as Secretary General of the United Nations, I implore you today to be a worthy ambassador for the rights of the unborn, the elderly, and the physically challenged on the floor of the United Nations. I even think that the post of a special rapporteur should be created to be a voice for this voiceless group.
With your experience from the visit, I ask you to proclaim aloud that there is no other right more important than that of life, including the life of the unborn. The United Nations should assume the duty of protecting the lives of millions of unborn children, killed daily in China and many other places. The UN should help curb arbitrariness of leaders who assume the powers to determine when life begins and ends. These leaders who are the modern day Hitlers should be stopped and prosecuted.
And while you at it; please tell the United Nation agencies working in my continent, Africa, to help us build institutions of learning and provide the basic amenities of life like water, primary health care. I say this because UN agencies and Foundations like that of Bill and Melinda Gates are flooding us with contraceptives and condoms. They say we need to reduce our population in order to achieve economic growth. Please, please, tell them that we are poor, not for lack contraceptives, but rather because of our corrupt leaders. If they want to help, they should help us in fighting corruption, and in line with the UN charter . Thank you.
Nwachukwu Joshua blog at veritasproject