Be outraged. Alternative is “not being outraged”

Stephane Hessel: "Time for Outrage"

Stephane Hessel: “Time for Outrage”

Outrage at the government is a precondition to bringing about healing in Eritrea.

Stéphane Hessel was a Nazi concentration camp survivor. After the Second World War he became a human rights advocate and is considered as one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In his last days, aged 93, he wrote “Time for Outrage”, a small-book urging the youth to come out from indifference and be outraged.

“I want you, each and every one of you, to have a reason to be outraged. This is precious. When something outrages you, as Nazism did me, that is when you become a militant, strong and engaged.”

Stephane Hessel writes that “some things in this world are unacceptable.” And he Advices the young.

“I tell the young: just look, and you’ll find something. The worst possible outlook is indifference that says, “I can’t do anything about it; I’ll just get by.” Behaving like that deprives you of one of the essentials of being human: the capacity and the freedom to feel outraged. That freedom is indispensable, as is the political involvement that goes with it.”

Today a call to Outrage is very relevant to Eritrea. The alternative choice for an Eritrean is not to be outraged at the government, that would be sad and simply outrageous. It is very important that every Eritrean be outraged at the government.

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