“I HAVE pain when I walk. I have pain when I’m sleeping. I’m not wiser, but I’m older.”
These are the words of Peadar King who, in his recent book War, suffering and the struggle for human rights, chronicles human abuses in times of war and conflict, where people suffered and, in some cases, were tortured and died while struggling to gain their human rights.
The author, who also produced and presented RTÉ’s global affairs series What in the World, will launch his book in Portlaoise Library on Wednesday 4 March at 6.30pm.
About his book, Peadar wrote: “It’s really a horror to live in a war, Antoine Makdis told me in Aleppo. And over the next ten days we were witnesses to that horror. The war has aged me not just psychologically but in my way of thinking. It aged me in my body. I have pain when I walk. I have pain when I’m sleeping. I’m not wiser, but I’m older.”
A native from the Achuar community in Ecuador tells the author: “We know that if the oil company comes it will lay waste to the rain forest … to everything. We never fell to the Spanish. We are strong. We are in our jungle. That makes us feel proud and we will fight.”
From Iraq to Brazil, Libya to Western Sahara, Syria to South Sudan and beyond, war destroys the lives of millions of people. In this hard-hitting book, Peadar describes the root causes of ongoing conflicts in 13 countries and explains why the world must finally sit up and take notice. He argues that these wars are not inevitable, that they don’t just happen. They are the result of colonial misrule, corporate greed, corruption, the military-industrial complex and big-country power struggles.
Featuring heartbreaking personal accounts, RTÉ’s What in the World? television series has filmed in more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. The resulting book tells moving stories of how war has convulsed the lives of people caught up its insidious grip, plunged many into the depths of despair and crushed the hopes and dreams of whole generations.
The author argues: “None of this is accidental. Wars don’t just happen. They are the inevitable result of the military industrial complex, the colonial legacy, the economic dividends of war.
Peadar shows, however, that there is hope, as more and more people comprehend and confront the horrors of war, while demanding human rights for all.