Even though the crisis has hit the shore of both committees, it turns out that political plays and witty comebacks are more important than people’s lives. From pointing fingers at anyone who has their name mentioned in the nuclear crisis to countries refusing to take responsibility and accountability, the people are forgotten despite the “battle” being originally theirs.
Due to ocean currents, nuclear warfare has poisoned the ecosystems on both sides of the Pacific Ocean for 5 decades. That makes an entire generation of people being in contact with contaminated seafood and consuming it in worrying amounts. An entire generation trusts the water they drink and the food they eat without knowing that every sip and every bite poisons their body and mind.
For the delegations of these committees, these people might be simply a statistic, a consequence of the mistakes their predecessors have made, or a bargaining chip to be dealt with at the negotiation table. Yet, these are people whose dreams were cut short because of the diseases that befell them, people who dreamt of having a family but couldn’t because of the infertility problems caused by the contamination, and people who had to say an early goodbye to their loved ones because greed is a currency that these nations cannot live without.
This sentiment is only aggravated by the fact that none of these committees treated this crisis as what it truly is: A human rights crisis. According to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and the contamination doesn’t only threaten their security, or family. It threatens their lives.
“What about the people?” should not be the last question asked in a crisis, especially in ones that cause the most harm to them — it should be the first. It’s only when we make our response to crises people-centered, that we can ensure safety, health and security to all.
The following articles are part of our Model UN Conference. Their content is not based on real events and therefore do not represent the values and actions of the people and organizations mentioned in them.