You know what we hate? Wearing jewelry that doesn’t remind us of the brutal slaughter of innocent children. It’s a real problem too, because there are only so many blood-drenched conflict diamonds we impoverished bloggers can afford.
Luckily for us, Falling Whistles has arrived to fill that chilly void. Their whistle necklaces ($30-$200) were apparently designed to raise awareness of “whistle blower” children in Nkunda’s rebel army in the DRC:
“Captured by Nkunda’s rebel army, the boys not big enough to hold a gun are given merely a whistle and put on the front lines of battle. Their sole duty is to make enough noise to scare the enemy and then to receive -with their bodies- the first round of bullets.”
So, obviously, that’s one awesome necklace. I bet all you people whose necklaces aren’t emblematic of kinder-cide are super jealous of Jon Stewart now.
We’re a little bit confused, though, about the “whistle-child” concept.
Perhaps we missed the memo, but are the FDLR known to be afraid of whistles? We’re just having trouble imagining how unarmed children with whistles could scare gun-toting militia members into much of anything. And just how small are these children, anyway, that they’re too small to hold a gun? Because guns come pretty tiny these days. Are these toddlers, perhaps, who lack sufficient hand-eye coordination to pull a trigger? If so, we’re not sure we’d trust them to be able to figure out a whistle.
And if they’re really that small, how effective could they possibly be as human shields? You’d need like, 5 or 6 of them to shield a single full-grown soldier.
Look, we understand that in any armed group, the least skilled / least powerful members are going to be out on the front lines, taking most of the risks. But something about this whole story (and its convenient tie-in to a trendy accessory) strikes us as a little urban legend-y.
Can anyone enlighten us as to whether these whistle-children are a thing? We tried the internets, but all we got were cites leading back to Falling Whistles. Anyone got independent confirmation?
(Hat tip: Tanja)