Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mou'men and the Ministry of Death

By Legal Agenda

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What a horrible day. Wake up, drag yourself out of bed, try to concentrate despite all the pain killer accumulated in your body, try to sleep and fail, try to be productive. Well i failed in doing so, 0IQ status with a frozen brain.... but i guess it didn't hurt to try. One of those days when bed sounds so tempting and beautiful. This is not me being a whinny drama queen with no point, i am getting to my point OK.

So by the end of today as i surfed facebook i saw a big number of people who protested for Mou'men. And this was a nice closure of my day. Even though the story of Mou'men is extremely agonizing, the action that was taken against the ministry is a little beam of hope.

Mou'men Khaled ElMohamad the little kid who died infront of a hospital in Tripoli because the hospital refused to let him in based on the decision issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Health asking hospitals to stop receiving patients on the expenses of the ministry. Mou'men was the not the first, he might not be the last, this hospital/patient inhuman dynamic has been going on for a long time. I remember a story few years ago that was circulating, about a doctor who refused to take in a car accident survival because she has no papers, that eventually died and turned out to be his own daughter..........Activists called the Ministry of Health the "Ministry of Death"... indeed a more appropriate name. Moreover, activists in the civil society did not let it pass, they took an action by calling for a civil funeral for Mou'men that took place infront of the ministry of health while people wearing black drew a line of blood symbolizing the brutality of the system. 

To be realistic, death is not something unusual in our history, we do come from a chain of repetitive civil wars, where once in a while a bomb explodes in some neighborhood and hundreds die, we object and mourn for 2 days but after that we move on with our lives. I have never seen a pattern as static as our reaction to death and its normalization within our lives.  And this is exactly why today's act was important, since it broke the cycle of our receptiveness to death as something acceptable despite of it's reasons. This act of public mourning might create a rupture in this system that count human lives in numbers not in value. It's always the big numbers that leave an impact, not the fact of death. I always wonder how better our world will be if we start counting death in human lives not in numbers, where every human matters, and every life wasted is taken personal, especially if this life was taken by the ministry; by the system. 

The ministry of death, indeed, indeed. 

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