AS a nation, we must never become insensitive to the pain of our people. As a parliament and government, we must never ever become numb to the suffering and loss of our people.
Leader of Opposition Hon Matthew Wale told Parliament today during his debate on the TRC Report (Shorter Version).
Before making that statement, the Opposition Leader read out a list of gruesome statements of victims during the crisis to remind Parliament of the cruelty, inhumanity and depravity of our people during the tensions.
He said as a society, we must never ever become numb to the suffering of victims of the tensions.
Hon Wale said if we forget these stories, we drift into a lull of distant memories and pretend that while the tensions were bad times, times have changed and we can simply just move on and forget.
He said forgetting is often important to the healing process at the individual personal level, but at the level of government forgetting leads to neglecting to address the issues underlying the conflict, and the issues arising out of the conflict, and the issues resulting from both.
“Issues of social and economic justice, of social cohesion, and of spiritual harmony. Government cannot and must never ever be allowed to fall into that lull. In retelling the stories, we acknowledge the plight of the victims and remember their suffering and pledge ourselves to never allow it to happen again,” he said.
The Opposition Leader said this is important to our nation, as it is important to the character of our society.
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