BP# 6 Children and Families in Yemen living in constant fear

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/12/world/middleeast/yemen-children-in-a-war-zone.html?ref=world&_r=0

Summary:

The article is essentially a story the author wrote about his young four children’s life in constant fear. We all know about the constant wars going on overseas, and this young family lives in the capital of Yemen. They have been stuck between the Iranian Rebels and Saudi Arabia. Him and his kids live in the constant fear daily, to the point where is children are afraid to go to sleep and wake up afraid. Bombs have been so close to their house, that it would send shock waves through the house, opening their windows and doors. As he stated it, he said that him and his children are essentially under “house arrest”, by the fear that they could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just this past Saturday, a bomb want off in Sana (the capital of Yemen) and killed nearly 100 citizens. He stated that his life there is a constant war zone. It’s not only destructive to the city itself, its destructive to the people and their souls.

Ethical Analysis:

I feel like this article best correlates with the reading by Hobbes.. Hobbes defines the state of nature as a war against all, every man for himself. They have lost all meaning of what is right and what is wrong. Also in Shafer-Landau’s reading he refers to Hobbes and the state of Nature again. He then defined it as a place with  no government, no central authority, “the worst place you could ever be.”  In his own words he states “war of all against all, in which the life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” I believe that the young family and the children are living in the State of Nature in Yemen. The war has been going on for over two years, and nothing has been done for the citizens there. Bombs and destruction are happening left and right, and the citizens are left to fend for themselves and live their life in constant fear of what is going to happen next.  Just as Hobbes stated, this is the worst place you could ever be. It seems like their government has not being playing their role at all in ensuring the safety of the ones living there.

 

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