THESIS. This site is devoted to studying the persistence of armed conflict in today’s world. My thesis is that violence is insidious and that peace is elusive and fragile among communities. The situation for the last 50 years in our Western world is an aberration—a strange exception in the history of humankind. It is true that all indicators point to an important decrease of violence in the world. But that doesn’t mean that violence is going away. Death rather operates a different way: by constant small increments—the dripping or, in Spanish, EL GOTEO.
JUST ONE YEAR. Tired of seeing reports of war casualties every day, and tired of those academics who reminds us constantly that “war has been practically eradicated from the planet,” I decided to start this site to compute casualties around the world on a daily basis during the year 2017, starting at its very eve in December 31, 2016.
PRISM. The goal is not to glorify violence or to despise the value of human life by reducing casualties to numbers, but just the opposite—to promote awareness of how, unfortunately, armed conflict is present in the lives of many through the globe. The site is completely apolitical. What moves me is empathy: I cannot stand the suffering of fellow human beings, and the absurd loss of life that is taking place in so many places.
WHY? “Who wants to hear about death and bombings all time?” “And who cares, really?” Yes: those falling are not your brother or sister, not your father or mother, not your son or daughter… not even your countrymen. But they are someone else’s brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and friends. At least their disappearance deserves to be recorded and remembered.