We can no longer look away – for two reasons

Good morning, dear reader,

Zambia is a small country. Still, it should be in the headlines every day. Newspapers, news portals and radio stations would have to report regularly from the capital, Lusaka, and the “Tagesschau” and the “heute journal” would have to broadcast articles by correspondents. In the African landlocked country – known to some for the Victoria Falls – 18 million people live on twice the area of ​​Germany, but for many of them you would have to replace the verb “live” in this sentence with “suffer”.

In few countries are the consequences of the climate crisis already being felt as severely as in Zambia, which is actually not that poor. Months of drought alternate with torrential rains, swarms of locusts eat up what is left by the heat and floods. One harvest after the other is destroyed in this way. In the past year alone, more than 1.2 million People are hungry – in a population that consists of half children. The need hits women and girls particularly hard because they traditionally work in the fields.

It is no longer just an acute, but a permanent emergency that the people of Zambia are exposed to. Despite this, the rest of the world hardly cares about their fate – we now have that in black and white. The aid organization CARE has evaluated which ones trouble spots around the globe international media last year at least have reported. To do this, she had more than 1.8 million articles in English, French, German, Arabic and Spanish examined. The result is sobering, as my colleague Camilla Kohrs shows: In the sad ranking behind Zambia there are other African and Latin American countries and also one European country. And almost everywhere, the climate crisis plays a significant role.

(Source: t-online)

The numbers speak for themselves: In 2021, the organization 360.000 Articles about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s interview with American television questioner Oprah Winfrey. It was over Zambia 512. No wonder no one is talking about the plight there. However, it is also part of the whole truth that articles about crisis countries usually only meet with little interest from readers. This is also the case with t-online. At first glance, this seems understandable; Countries like Zambia, Niger or Guatemala are just far away. The lack of interest is understandable, but please allow me to make this comment. It’s selfish and unreasonable.

Sure, we have some worries in this country too, by the way, everyone may enjoy their lives. Still, it seems strange that in Germany we treat ourselves to delicious food, a warm home, a nice car and distraction every day, while millions of people elsewhere live in the dirt and have to think about how to feed their children every morning. However, ignorance is also risky because today’s problems in Zambia due to rapid global warming could soon also be the problems of Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, yes, maybe even Greece, Sicily and Albania. Except that their inhabitants, unlike the people of Zambia, have more ways and means of seeking salvation in Central Europe.

We can no longer afford to look the other way. For moral reasons, but also for self-interest. And if you now think: Oh my goodness, now Harms is around the corner again with an appeal for donations, then I will answer you: No, today it is enough if you simply think about your media consumption for a few minutes. Of course you can still donate.

Chileshe Muchindika-Ngwane from Zambia's capital Lusaka is using donations to plant vegetables and maize.  (Source: imago images)Chileshe Muchindika-Ngwane from Zambia’s capital Lusaka is using donations to plant vegetables and maize. (Source: imago images)

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The world is watching Koblenz

The accusation of the federal prosecutor is: crimes against humanity. The former Syrian intelligence officer is said to have been charged with at least 4,000 cases of torture, the murder of at least 30 people and several cases of rape and sexualised violence Anwar Raslan | to be responsible. The acts are said to have taken place between April 2011 and September 2012 in the torture prison al-Chatib to have been committed in Damascus for which he was responsible. While the federal prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment and the determination of the accused’s particular guilt, which would rule out a suspension of the sentence on probation after 15 years, the lawyers for the secret service agent are pleading for acquittal and portraying their client as an unwilling follower (learn more here). When the presiding judge announces the verdict today, a process comes to an end, which has attracted worldwide attention and which one would actually assume to be at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Just because it is universal jurisdiction allowed in international criminal law to prosecute possible war crimes committed by foreigners in other countries in this country, too first criminal case on state torture in Syria take place in Rhineland-Palatinate of all places.

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Many hands, one ball

The EM second against the Olympic champion: With the match between Croatia and France, the starting day is the European Handball Championship in Hungary and Slovakia the first sporting highlight on the schedule. Our sports department reports live for you. The German national team will play their first group match against Belarus in Bratislava tomorrow.

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The final act of the posse

Today the Australian Minister for Migration intends to decide whether the Serbian esotericist Novak Djokovic, also known as a tennis player, is allowed to stay in the country despite the lack of a corona vaccination, false information in his entry documents and protests by outraged citizens so that he can still rake in a few million at the Grand Slam. My colleague David Digili shows you how the case could escalate to such an extent.

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What to read and watch

"Lateral thinker"-Protest in Rostock.  (Source: t-online/Daniel Mutzel)“Querdenker” protest in Rostock. (Source: Daniel Mützel/t-online)

How does such a demonstration by “peaceful opponents of vaccination” actually work? Our reporter Daniel Mützel observed in Rostock how right-wing extremists beat the way for a “lateral thinking” protest march.

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Why is the SPD-led federal government so stubbornly clinging to the controversial Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline? The historian Hubertus Knabe found out in documents that as Olaf Scholz sought to be close to the Kremlin even as a young socialist.

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Sometimes there are short programs on TV that you should have seen. Because they affect you. Because they show who needs our protection. Last night there was a post in the “heute journal” (from minute 8:40).

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  (Quelle: imago images/Kyodo News) (Quelle: Kyodo News/imago images)

Ten years ago today, the captain of the “Costa Concordia” put the cruise ship on a rock off the Italian island of Giglio. A new documentary shows exactly how the deadly accident happened. which my colleague Marc von Lüpke reports on.

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What amuses me?

There are not only sad headlines about Zambia. The German Press Agency reports to us from a lighter side: A referee from Zambia actually did it, like a football game to whistle twice early. In the game at the Africa Cup of Nations between Tunisia and Mali, after 85:06 minutes, he apparently didn’t feel like it anymore and pulled out the whistle. However, the players convinced him that this really wasn’t possible at all. So he whistled again – only to call it a day after 89:45 minutes. In between, he had quickly distributed a red card. A little later, the coach of the Malian team was sitting in the press conference when he was informed that the remaining seconds plus stoppage time still had to be played. So his kickers trotted back onto the pitch. Unfortunately, the Tunisians really didn’t feel like it anymore. No wonder, they had scored the only goal of the game. So you stood around a bit until the referee finally ended the game with an energetic whistle. Unfortunately, the dpa colleagues did not report whether the spectators whistled or laughed.

I wish you a bright day. Daybreak will come tomorrow from my colleague Johannes Bebermeier, you will hear from me again on Saturday. Best regards

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Florian Harms
Editor-in-Chief t-online
E-mail: [email protected]

With material from dpa.

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