Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of influential daily Youm7
CAIRO- 20 March 2020: We are the people of the world who are facing an enemy we have not known before; an enemy that does not differentiate between white or black, Arab or foreigner, strong or week, rich or poor. This enemy taught us what humanity has never been taught.
We, the people of the whole world, declare today that the current world order has failed. And we demand a new humanitarian order to face the challenges that earlier generations did not know.
We, the people of the world, believe in the failure of the current world order that is based on conflict, combats, stubbornness, wars, oppression, and notability by force.
We, the people of the world, believe in the failure of this world order that stacked weapons of mass destruction and spent billions of dollars to use them in killing each other; and in the meantime, we hid helpless in front of the invasion of an unknown enemy for which we had not prepared and over which we have no power.
We, the people of the world, believe in the failure of the world order that considered the health of humans its last priority, while its most precious political aim was arming up to kill humans.
We, the people of the world hidden in trenches and houses, are waiting for this world order to collect its remains so that we denounce its failure and rebuild the relationships between the people on this planet on new humanitarian grounds; grounds that realize the real enemy and reconstruct the international system on a foundation of cooperation for the interest of mankind, rather than on the corps of humans and humanity.
We, the people of the world sleeping in fear and panic, announce now that in the moment we triumph over the killing virus, we have to triumph over ourselves and kill what we have inherited from the world of fake conflicts in the old world order.
We, the people of the world, demand from the heart of the ordeal that the charter of the United Nations be rewritten according to the new challenges facing humanity, and not according to the balance of power built on conflict and pride among political systems, military forces and feuding international coalitions throughout history.
We, the people of the world, demand redirecting all budgets spent on weapons of mass destructions to medical research on viruses, microbes, germs and all the real enemies of humanities. We demand prioritizing the humanitarian norms over the blind political, military and economic interest, and we demand saving humanity from the armed feuds and racist conflicts.
We, the people of the world, demand that humans be the core of the new world order, without considering color, race, religion, or passport type. We demand fighting poverty, illness and hunger to be the first priorities of the international community.
We, the people of the world, demand cross border educational curriculums that call for tolerance and cooperation, instead of curriculums that differentiate between people and pass on national, religious, and racist conflict to the next generations.
We, the people of the world, demand that humans be partners in the land, water and air. This partnership is what will preserve the humanity of human kind; and based on it, justice, truth and dignity will prevail on earth.
We, the people of the world, demand that hospitals be the most dangerous cases in front of the Security Council, and that schools and children’s education be at the top of the UN general assembly’s priorities, and that the funding of disease control programs around the world be the core of new humanity, after the Corona Virus.
We, the people of the world, demand a new world, different from the one before the killing virus, the deadly fear and the abhorrent hiding. We demand a world where we can live and that we can pass on pure to our children; not a world that walks over corps, skulls, lost souls, vows of revenge, anger and mass death.
We, the people of the world, demand that world leaders do not sleep night or day, as long as there is still a village out there that has no water or sanitation. We demand announcing a state of emergency in the world, and flying planes between continents because mothers cannot find milk for their kids and elderly sleep without food in their poor houses.
Khaled Salah is the editor-in-chief and father of Egyptian influential daily Youm7; the paper was twice selected by Forbes Middle East as having the most effective news website in the Middle East.