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March 31, 2017
Kingsley Chigbu shares expertise in article about UN and starvation

In March 2017, Assistant Professor Kingsley Chigbu granted an interview on the United Nations and the problem of starvation affecting more than 20 million people across the globe and published by the Shorthorn News. In responding to questions on how to prevent the political causes of humanitarian crises across the world, Dr. Chigbu used the current humanitarian situation in Syria as a case in point, and x-rayed existing UN practices with respect to the principle of responsibility to protect (R2P). He observed that individuals, especially those in leadership positions, are responsible for global man-made humanitarian crises, and argued that the anomalies always take exponential steps in their development due to what he described as an ineffective UN regime on global violence prevention mechanism.

Using the term ‘individuals of mass destruction (IMDs) to describe certain perpetrators of man-made humanitarian crises, Dr. Chigbu argued that the problem of political leaders who act irrationally and dump costs including trauma, murder, and other negative emotional legacies on the rest of society, are problems that could not be solved exclusively by military, political, and legal lenses. He argued for the inclusion of content experts from the behavioral sciences, including social work, in matters, given that their problems and motives are largely of socio-psychological nature.  To engage aberrant political leaders, he argued, the psycho-social aspects of the target individual must also be engaged at the same time the political and other aspects are engaged.  For details, see:

Chigbu, K. (2017, March). UN: More than 20M facing starvation, famine. Retrieved from http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/un-more-than-m-facing-starvation-famine/article_c9b84e5e-1401-11e7-85a4-0bc1aeaedb85.html