The Real Victims of Globalization

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Globalization is widely regarded as a means of increasing growth and creating wealth, which in turn will improve people’s livelihood. But more often than not, it has in many cases proves the opposite. Even in countries were globalization has ‘succeeded’, income distribution and the gap between different social groupings has been highly contentious.  At a global scale the impact of globalization has heighten concerns for Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change. In all of these, Children are the real victims. No matter where the negative effects of globalization are felt, the most hardly hit are Children.

Climatically, globalization through global warming has brought changes in global weather patterns that have brought untold miseries on livelihoods and communities around the world.  Environmental degradation and pollution are just some of the many negatives. In Pakistan, for instance, quietly recently, over 5 million people were affected by the severity of the monsoon floods, half of whom where children. Thousands of homes and hectares of farm lands on which these children depend for their livelihoods, were destroyed. In some areas, water reached waist height physically, restricting the movement of Children, causing severe health problems for them.

In terms of trade, Free Trade Agreements gives undue advantage to multilateral corporations and Developed Countries. This allows them to plunder resources, which could have been used as a Common Pool Resource to meet the basic needs of children. In Congo DR, for example, trade in mineral resources has caused massive increase in child labour. This has not only been declared illegal, but has also left them more impoverished than they could otherwise have been.

These kinds of activities have put huge pressure on financialand other resources, which could have otherwise been used to address other
developmental concerns.  No wonder UNICEF– UK has presented a ‘Get Children Climate Ready Campaign’ petition to the UK Treasury ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers’ Meeting this October, 2011.

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3 Responses to “The Real Victims of Globalization”

  1. charlieeze2011 Says:

    It is prejudice to think that the real victims of globalisation are children. In retrospect; globalisation could be likened to a forming cloud that gathers lot of residues from the atmosphere and suddenly bursts into rain; it could be acid rain or clear water. Whichever, it touches on everything and anything below. Unfortunately the flip side of globalisation is masked away from us because the benefactors are not in any serious environmental problem challenge.
    The campaign by UNICEF-UK could have made logical sense if there are asking United Kingdom and their cronies to stop dumping toxic wastes along the coastline of Africa; stop patronising blood diamonds from Sierra Leone and Congo DR.
    The patronage of stolen common resources from the developing countries have encouraged the dissolution of traditional norms that binds communities. Communal lands and resources has been high-jacked as a result by corrupt and greedy politicians who serve as their middlemen.
    Has anyone ever reasoned why over 35% of the world’s manufacturing concerns are in China. Yes, expectedly there will give the excuse of cheap labour but hardly have anyone been told that because of the size of China, their blood could spill on the production line and no one will notice. Over exposure of the naked eyes to strong electronic rays used in computer related components depletes vision for life. There are countless suicide incidents in many manufacturing hostels while others are subjected to lung cancer risk, silica exposure, silicosis in the mines and pottery factories.
    Globalisation has really messed up the sanity of man and portrayed capitalism as a latent terrorist from the west.
    Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan was a warning sign from nature while Germany’s respond to shut down her nuclear plants by 2022 is a step in the right direction.

  2. charlieeze2011 Says:

    There is no gainsaying that Globalisation is good; just like comparing dictatorial regimes to democracy, there is a wide gap. The collapse of communism and disintegration of the Soviet Union further gave the Bretton Wood institutions power to boost capitalism, manipulate the World and exploit the weaknesses of the poor nations. We recently celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the worldwide web invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, it is arguably the backbone of modern globalisation. It has changed the world so is globalisation, the world economy cannot do without it as ‘buying and selling’ is built around it. Moreso many companies for example now outsource some of their operations to countries thousands of miles apart, India and China easily come to mind. But it must be said here that many multinationals took advantage of the economic situations in the developing nations to engage in unethical work practices for example; child labour in Sierra Leone’s mining industries, oil pollution of Niger Delta region of Nigeria and cheap labour in Taiwan, Malaysia, China and other developing countries. Annoyingly is the destruction of their environment in the quest for their natural resources. It is indeed paradoxical to attribute reduction of poverty in the developing world to globalisation when the common resources of the people (farmlands and rivers) are polluted and destroyed. It then suggests to me that a high percentage of people are sacrificing for others to enjoy the goodness of globalisation.

  3. ngoziokei Says:

    Children are gift from God. They are the future generations of the world. That is why there must be a Agency or Organisation, who must advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Children should be protected in all aspects of situations and circumstances, especially when a natural disaster occurs. Let us look at the flooding that has just occured in Thailand. Children who are handicapped in that situation, could be abused or misused out of the situation which different individuals could see/use as an opportunity to fulfill their evil desires. That is why we have UNICEF on convention on Rights of the children. http://www.unicef.org/crc
    Also there is another link which shows the surgical Aid for children in any kind of circumstances in the world. http://www.acronymfinder.com/surgical – Aid
    Children are tender and dependent, and they should never be neglected at at any time and in any kind of situation.

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