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Human Influenza… hurting Mexico

Our beloved country is facing since last April 22 a state of distress, information-misinformation, lack of solidarity of countries allegedly brothers and some friends, worry and fear over the threat of the virus H1N1.

If there is something that makes me really sad and mad is discriminating people. Whether they are poor, a different race, skin color, different way of being and thinking. It doesn´t matter who that person is, where do he or she comes from and which are their living habits, we are all human beings. NO ONE has the authority to treat bad a person who is sick or is suspected to be.

I am Mexican and I feel very ashamed because of my own people overreaction, because of the way the government is giving information, because of all the countries who are discriminating Mexicans when they travel and because of the media that can seem to show any ethic anymore.

If Mexico was bad in its economic, political and social situation, with human influenza became worst. From the beginning there has been clumsy communications from the federal authorities to which the local authorities joined and it seems more as if they want more to make a profit or political positioning than being really worried on the health of the population. I am not referring to the recommended actions but the clumsy way of saying things, which only led to fear, worry, anxiety and a lack of solidarity. “Don´t go out on the streets. Don´t shake hands and kiss. Wear a face mask” As if all those prevent the spread of the virus.

It makes me sad to know that a lot of indiscrimination cases around the world to Mexicans are taking place. Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Peru cancelled flights from and to Mexico. Doesn´t these country´s government read about what WHO says about not putting flight restrictions??? It´s not that I have something against people of these countries, -clarifying, I don´t have anything against these people- but if they are taking these type of measures because of the excuse of the human influenza, Mexico should not allow the entrance to people from these countries without any visa permission. Oh! But I forgot that Mexico needs foreign people to maintain its economy balanced.

South America is not only the place where discrimination is taking place. Some Spaniards are calling it the “Mexican flu” but let´s not forget that in 1918 there was a pandemic flu known as the “Spanish flu”. “It is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 100 million people were killed worldwide, or the approximate equivalent of one third of the population of Europe, more than double the number killed in World War” according to some websites. While with human influenza “Mexico has reported 397 confirmed human cases of infection, including 16 deaths. The United States Government has reported 141 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death” (WHO).

I am curious to see if Mexican president would give any explanations on these discrimination acts that other countries are doing to Mexicans.

Mexicans always welcome people from everywhere with a smile on their face, offering the best they have. But this should also be a lesson for Mexicans and stop being “malinchistas”.

Emergency state means take precautions. Not get panic the world is ending.

People around the world are only watching in the news images of empty streets in Mexico City and few people walking with a face mask. And just because of this they judge Mexico and the Mexicans as focus on infection. Well, I live in Monterrey, the third most important city in Mexico and most important because of its business relations with other countries and its nearness to United States. It hasn´t been any human influenza case here…yet and people started panic shopping. I am healthy as well as my family and friends. I go to work, to the gym and walk my dog in the park without wearing any useless face mask. And I have good health habits not because of this but because I want to live a long and happy life. And I must confess that I laugh sometimes when I go out and see people inside their cars wearing this face mask and see that streets are “dead”. It reminds me of those zombie´s movies.
And I guess this is because of my culture. Mexicans always make fun of something serious. As Mexicans characterize by their good sense of humor I would like to suggest reading the book Laberinto de la soledad by Octavio Paz. It perfectly shows the culture, way of being and thinking of Mexicans. If people would know more about other people´s culture, there would be more comprehension in this kind of situations.

Just because more people are dying in Mexico, doesn´t mean that the virus is strong here. What the rest of the world NEEDS to know is that people are afraid of going to hospitals because they know they will be indiscriminate by the same Mexican doctors. And just because they show some symptoms doesn´t mean they have human influenza. Don´t panic it can be cured. And it is worth to mention here that there are hundreds of domestic violence cases in Mexico which are not reported because women are afraid to speak because of the consequences. 200 to 500 thousands of people in the world die in a year because of normal influenza.
I ask myself why can´t Mexico be a strong country as others which stood up after World Wars. Why the government is hurting the country and its people. We live with corruption, poverty, drug cartels and now with human influenza and indiscrimination. What else is next?

Most Mexicans are loosing credibility in their government. There are rumors of this invented virus for political and economical reasons. What ever that is, people should know that this already hurt the country. With unclear information and the suddenly stability of deaths it´s enough reason to loose credibility.

As my father says Mexico lives and will continue living despite Cuba and other “brother” countries close their doors to our compatriots. Discriminatory attitudes will not prevail, Mexico does not practice it. Mexico has a universal vocation.
Let´s take care of everyone, be in solidarity, understand more those who have few and find solutions. Soon this will be overcome and it will be only a bad memory, but the lessons we must learn are:
a) Choose right our leaders and be more mature and participatory for demanding responsibilities;
b) Be in solidarity with others and strive for a more just and equitable society;
c) Observe the recommendations to care of our health, as the competent authorities show and
d) Really love Mexico and the Mexican people.

For more information please read
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090427-swine-flu-facts.html

Comments

It is a shame how the US views Mexico and Mexicans and by posting articles like this that will help raise awareness and understanding another culture. Thanks for sharing your views on this and I agree that people need to see Mexicans as a vital and interesting culture. Here's to solidarity!

Maria

laura_gamboa's picture

Thank you

Thank you very much for your positive thoughts and solidarity.
I appreciate it very much!

laura

olutosin's picture

ALWAYS IN SUPPORT

Dear Laura,

We will never be silent in face of discrimination, we will speak out loud to be heard over the mountains and on hills till the society is free and fair and everyone is considered and treated as human being no matter the condition, situation, race, color or creed.

The acts that brings shame to these leaders are just way of God showing the real colors of men that when they smile and flash white teeth their stomach is filled with stench and cannot love men they see talk less of God they can never see unless they repent.

We are with you always, we will continue the fight we are winners already cause our course is a just course.

Love you always.

Tosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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aliĝngix's picture

Mexico

Ha aha, "zombie movies"? Ha ha ha...Ah. But on the serious side, I share your concerns. To keep everyone Mexican cooped up is plain silly, though I can understand their concern. This shows, that like with FEMA (a supposed to be quick-response to natural disasters in America, but when needed took four days to get water to the super dome) that government need to get their act together to lead the way and not cause any more worry than they need to.

Thanks for sharing.

Khadim's picture

No, the world is not ending

Helo Laura!

I went through yours article. Hahahahaha! You really seem mad and burst on the situation:) But you are true because according to the statistics given in media only death 25 cases are said in Maxico and more than 980 cases were found in America and other countries.

You are also true that there is an emergency state and so much precautions shows the world is ending but ignoring the consquances created by this propegations.

Khadim Hussain

JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Laura, you raise many valid points that apply to any form of discrimination and fear-mongering, whether it be against Mexicans because of the flu virus, Muslims in the US after 9/11, Japanese after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Jews, gays and the disabled in Germany during WWII, etc... The list goes on and ultimately displays ignorance but also the susceptibility of people to believe in and act upon innuendo, gossip, suspicion, and fear. We are all a fine thread away from being in the position Mexicans are in now, yet we often fail to see how ignorant and irresponsible we are being.

Your post is a great wake-up call on how we view the world and people different from us. Thank you.

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