when humans are no longer humane

Most of you have heard (with the fast circulation of news nowadays) about the 2-year-old girl in China who got rolled over twice by a truck but she was left there to die.

Here is the coverage by Herald Sun.

A TWO-year-old Chinese girl is dead after she was struck by two vehicles and then ignored by passers-by.

More than a dozen people walked past her as she lay bleeding in the street, The South China Morning Post reported.

The girl, known as Yue Yue, died yesterday after slipping into a coma following Thursday’s accident. The  vehicles struck her after she wandered out of her parents’ shop in Foshan, part of the southern Guangdong province near Hong Kong.

The China Daily, the country’s official English-language newspaper, said she had been declared ‘brain dead’ and could die at any time.

But News website Shanghaiist said doctors at General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command confirmed she had died from “severe brain injuries”.

Closed-circuit TV footage obtained by Southern Television Station shows a white van hitting the girl, one of its front wheels driving over her body. It then pauses momentarily, before driving away, running her over with its back wheel in the process.

Three people then walked past, before a truck drove over her, the driver not appearing to notice. More than a dozen people then walked or drove past the badly-bleeding girl and either ignored her or did not notice her.

Finally, after seven minutes had passed, a woman collecting rubbish runs to her aid, picking up her motionless body before her mother runs outside and carries the girl away.

Yue Yue’s father, 31, who did not give his name, told the Post, “I wonder if the driver tried to kill my daughter because he thought that by doing so he wouldn’t have to pay as much compensation?”

Both drivers were arrested, and the driver of the white van was said to be being held by police.

Yangcheng Evening News quoted the man who first struck Yue Yue as saying, “If it was you who hit someone, you’d run too. You can see the little girl, looking around when she walked. If she walked properly, how could I hit her?”

In response, one user of Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblog similar to Twitter, wrote, “This society is seriously ill. Even cats and dogs shouldn’t be treated so heartlessly.”

Yet on the same day that I watched that footage, I saw another footage.

Did you see the striking contrast?

When a stray dog was rolled over by a car in the second footage, another dog noticed and came to help him. When a 2-year-old got rolled twice by trucks, more that a dozen people just walked passed, pretending that they didn’t see anything.

I can’t help but thinking, “So that’s it? Are dogs more humane than humans now?”

Remember this picture, which was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, taken by South African photojournalist Kevin Carter in Sudan? It shows a girl on her knees, bent at the waist with her forehead resting on the dirt, till she continues her way to a feeding station.

And a vulture nearby is waiting for her to die.

“This is Dr. Adrian Helmsley
Chief science adviser to the late president Wilson.
I know we’ve all been forced to make
Difficult decisions to save our human civilization.
But to be human means to care for each other and
Civilization means to work together to create a better life.

If that’s true,
Then there’s nothing human and
Nothing civilized about what we’re doing here.
Ask yourselves,
Can we really stand by and watch these people die?

I read a quote two days ago.
The author is probably by now.
But he said that the moment we stop fighting for each other,
That’s the moment that we lose our humanity.

There’s a young astrophysicist from India
who’s the reason we are all here.
He’s the one who discovered it all.
He connected all the dots,
We all owe him our lives.

I just learned that he was killed with his family
in a tsunami in eastern India.
He was my friend.
And he died in vain.
Everybody out there has died in vain,
if we start our future with an act of cruelty.

What will you tell your children?
What will they tell theirs?”

2012 – Adrian Helmsley


One thought on “when humans are no longer humane

  1. I’m so .. so sad. Really this video is heavy on my heart. I don’t know how could someone be so heartless, really. How could you ignore a little creature like Yue Yue!?! I can’t imagine the pain of her parents. This is really a great loss for them and for all of us. This week I witnessed to the most horrible things just by switching on the computer or the TV. This little girl’s death, Gaddafi’s death and how the rebels brutalize his body, the victims of the worldwide human trade .. where do we live? In Africa I can assure you that not all zone are the same. I have been there, in Uganda, and the problems cannot be summarized just on the food issues even if .. people in some places are suffering. They called this era post-modernism, but I don’t think there is anything “modern”, we are exactly how we always have been: humans. And sometimes humans leave their child dying like was done with Yue Yue. We should be stronger than how we are now. We can’t allow other early deaths. “No one has to be alone”, this must be our slogan, and I’m happy to see around the world people not uninterested like me. I really like this post Marcella. Go on.

    May God bless the soul of the little Yue Yue.

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