Sviatlana Aleksievich: ‘I think our world will always be a world of murderers’
The famous Belarusian writer Svitalana Aleksievich has joined the campaign ‘Human Rights Activists against Capital Punishment’, by signing the petition to the Belarusian authorities.
‘For over 30 years I have been writing my ‘red chronicle’ – my series of books. I have written about war. I was in Afghanistan and saw people being killed… I have always thought about how people can live together knowing they can kill each other at any time, that is do God’s work. Since no one has the right to do this.
This is a pre-historic way of problem-solving: kill your enemy because he is your opponent, because he is not like you, or has done something terrible. I think our world will always be a world of murderers.
I surely would like to join the efforts of those who want the Mankind to abandon every thought of killing each other, just like we have abandoned every thought of eating each other. That is why I am putting my signature.’