Using loaded terminology such as “war” to describe a new, unprecedented crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic only confuses the issue, Eve Fairbanks (South Africa, 2009-2011) writes in the Huffington Post.

“It feels so ‘incorrect,'” a survivor of the Rwandan genocide tells her. “Comparing this to war―you can only do it if you have not lived through war. War has a specific sound and a smell. The smell of war is gunpowder and blood.”

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