People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The global condemnation of the rightwing terror attack in New Zealand is truly justifiable. It is high time that the spotlight is fixed on the hateful ideologies espoused by fanatics on the extreme right.

However, I am struck by the hypocrisy in focusing so much attention on an event that is extensively covered by the media. We seem to forget about the major atrocities taking place every day, away from the cameras, in the Middle East, South East Asia and Central Africa the moment attacks occur in Western cities such as Christchurch, Paris and Miami.

Have Premier League football teams observed a minute of silence to honour the hundreds of children who have perished in the Syrian conflict or in Yemen? When are we going to see Formula One drivers lining up to commemorate the hapless victims of the terrible wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — a conflict that has killed more people than any other since the end of World War 2?

Are we waiting in vain for the queen of England to send condolences to her Commonwealth subjects in Pakistan and India who are the victims of a dangerous dispute between two nuclear nations? Will President Cyril Ramaphosa speak out about the ongoing repression of people in the Sudan, or will he continue with the shameful appeasement policies of his predecessor?

The answer to all these questions is “no!” But they will send their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the next attack in Sydney or Baltimore.

Sally Barnard
Orange Grove