The WHO defines violence as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.
In trying to make sense of violence, Elie Wiesel proposed that ''violence is a form of communication for a person who fails to fine the words." This begs the question, "what message is the person trying to pass?" We tend to discount a lot of things which are in actual fact violent in nature as a norm. Sensitization about this issue is gaining prominence but proffering a solution goes beyond saying "me too''. The moment you raise your hand to cause pain, you begin to lose a bit of your humanity. We need to find better ways to deal with our differences.
N.B.- Acts of violence can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, age, religious affiliation or tribe.
Be kind to one another!
Written by Aiyejuro Tukema