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From the above, if there were to be a Global Human Security Index, Ghana may well rank with war zones like Iraqi,Syria et al. We are lulled into a false sense of security because the daily existential dangers we face are not accompanied by the emotional hysteria that comes with gun shots and the general perception of an ambiance of war.
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The gruesome and uncalled for demise of the hip-life super star Ebony, and two other promising Ghanaian youth, got me thinking. I have been contemplating putting into perspective the larger phenomenon which led to these young ones being chopped off the earth ruthlessly, by one of the several automated gallows we call roads, which crisscross our country.

To start with, I am a supporter of the theory of Human Security, as opposed to a certain vague definition of National Security. Human Security can be broadly considered as "freedom from fear and freedom from want' and marking the move from a state- centric to a human-centric security paradigm. The concept challenges "the traditional notion of national security by arguing that the proper referent for security should be the individual rather than the state."

From the above, if there were to be a Global Human Security Index, Ghana may well rank with war zones like Iraqi,Syria et al. We are lulled into a false sense of security because the daily existential dangers we face are not accompanied by the emotional hysteria that comes with gun shots and the general perception of an ambiance of war.

But a critical assessment of our security situation, with due focus on the human, will place us squarely in the circles of war ravaged countries. However, what makes our situation more insidious is this; our people continue to perish without the ceremony of battle, while we suffer destruction of various infrastructure without a single bomb thrown at them. Nonetheless, the missile of corruption, poor maintenance, lack of enforcement of standards, and plain incompetence continue to be subtly fired at our already poorly built infrastructure and social needs; with rather deleterious consequences.

We have to wake up to this cold war which we wage unwittingly on ourselves, due to the nonchalance and greed of the few, albeit with dire consequences for the safety and security of the many. To place it all in context, I decided to pick some headlines from two countries within the same year -2017; one with raging war and the other a purported oasis of peace. Look at the events and do tell which of these two countries is any more markedly secure for the human:

In the News, Ghana:

January 31, 2017 – Six (6) Kindergarten pupils die in building collapse at Breman Gyambra

May 6, 2017, Building under Construction at Okpoigonno Collapses, Kills 2

May 9, 2017; Road Accidents Kill 708 in First Quarter - NRSC

July 12, 2017; 152 Killed in First Half of 2017 in Ashanti Region

November 23, 2017; Road Accident killed 234 by third quarter of 2017

January 10, 2018; 2,076 People Died in Road Accidents in 2017

In the News, Syria:

March 12, 2 2017; 40 Dead in Syria Terrorist Attack

April 15, 2017; Aleppo suicide car bombing: Blast killed at least 126 people

April 4 2017: Syria Chemical Attack, more than 80 killed

March 15, 2017; Damascus bombings: At least 114 persons were killed.

July 2, 2017; A suicide bomber blew himself up in Damascus, leaving more than 21 dead.

November 4, 2017; At least 100 civilians killed in an ISIS car bombing

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