Street protest signs painted on the walls of buildings in front of Panama’s National Assembly. They are proliferating all over downtown during the dark hours of the night. Some of them are excellent in quality, others are not, but the protest message are often very powerful.
Take a look at two of these graphic protest expressions.
The reason why I liked this picture because at 67, I’ve seen too much aggression and violence in my lifetime. I was born in 1946, shortly after World War II. Memories of the Vietnam War are vivid in my mind as well as the horrors and despair it brought to different parts of the world. After Vietnam, I thought we had seen enough violence and peace would settle in. I was wrong.
There’s an excellent film about combat photojournalists in South Africa who gave their lives to show the world what was happening in this country shortly before Apartheid was finally abolished.
The name of the movie is, The Bang Bang Club, (2010), 107 minutes. Actors who played an important role in this picture are: Ryan Phillipe, Martin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch and Neels Van Jaarsveld. In this unflinching drama, four combat photojournalists document the escalating turmoil engulfing South Africa during the final years of Apartheid.
After the violence stopped in South Africa, some of these young graphic reporters traveled to Rwanda, Croatia, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan to cover the new killings fields. One of them said he was so sick and tired of photographing dead people killed like insects crushed by the soldiers’ boots that he decided to take his own life and committed suicide. He breathed in carbon dioxide from his running automobile
When will we learn that war is a lose-lose situation? When will it end? I’m afraid the answer my friend, is not floating in the wind.
Enjoy peace in the stillness of the night while the bullets sleep.