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Don’t be a bystander

It is almost becoming normative that people the world-over are choosing to take videos of human distress rather than attempt to help another in a situation of distress.

Our local print media is replete with stories of people being badly beaten while others are standing around making videos of the said act. The popular WhatsApp platform is often full of videos of violent content taken in schools, on the streets and even in private homes.

Although one can argue that such posts serve the purpose of helping to apprehend perpetrators of the crime, there is something deeper that ought to be considered. It is not enough to say that posting videos serves a legal function and, ‘this is reality’. Human beings ought to reflect on consequences of attitudes and behaviour over the long haul.

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