May 25, 2022

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THE BEAST IMAGE IN THE UNITED NATIONS: WHAT DOES IT REALLY SYMBOLIZE?

 

When the image was unveiled in the Visitor’s Plaza of the United Nations Headquarters – New York last month, the UN alleged that it was an image that symbolizes international peace and security.

It however beats imagination how international peace would be embedded in such a scary image that radiates fear and violence.

The unveiling of the beastlike image was greeted with mixed reactions, a large majority questioning the rationale and priorities of the Government of Oaxaco – a state in Mexico who donated the image created by artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles to the United Nations.

At a time the international community is confronted with a terrifying pandemic of unprecedented magnitude, the apex organ of international oversight occupied itself with unveiling of a supposed work of art that further portrays terror in all ramifications.

There are a number of animal images to figuratively convey the idea of peace but certainly not a beast. Why not the image of a dove or a sheep for instance?

While the international community continues to ponder and search for a solution for the ravaging hunger and poverty in developing countries and how to contain the various variants of the Coronavirus including the Omicron, it’s important the United Nations assumes a role of a unifier and advocator of international peace and not an instrument or platform of misplaced priorities and haven of images that amplify violence. As a matter of necessity, this monstrous terrifying statue that depicts violence should be removed for a start.

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