The successful rescue of the 12 Thai soccer boys and their ex-monk coach has gripped the world. This was a magnificent story on all counts – a story worthy of a Hollywood thriller. CAN THIS HAPPEN IN GHANA?
It’s a story with lessons in resilience, never giving up, and doing everything you can – mentally, physically, and spiritually – to save lives. A lesson in problem-solving, solution-finding, and fighting for lives. A lesson in how cool heads must prevail in a crisis. A lesson in systems working.
This must provoke every well-meaning, progressive, and proud Ghanaian to ask: Could this same operation have been conceived, checked and resourced, and then successfully implemented should there be a similar crisis in Ghana? (Please, do not start the joke of saying Ghana has no such dangerous caves!)
Just imagine a situation where a group of young Ghanaian boy (and or girls) are trapped in a dangerous location for days or weeks. (Thailand’s population of 68.9 million is some 40 million more than Ghana’s.) Could we trust our leaders – at all levels, our military, police and security forces, as well as our hospital systems to organize a successful emergency operation to rescue these children?
When the boys disappeared into the caves they left their bicycles at the cave’s entrance … could these same bicycles left in the open in Ghana be there when the owners return from their adventures? Could Ghana’s navy seals take pride in leading the diving efforts to rescue these trapped children?
WHAT DO WE HAVE IN GHANA (already) that we can build on to ensure we can organize a successful rescue mission anytime we’re faced with a crisis of this kind?
An Ewe proverbs says, “Prepare for war – or be battle-ready – and you will never lose a war.” So which department or departments and agencies in Ghana are running simulations and getting ready to excel during emergencies? Who is ever-ready or battle-ready and equipped to rescue in Ghanaians in danger?
GHANA NEEDS THE BEST.
GHANA DESERVES THE BEST.
ONLY THE BEST WILL DO FOR GHANA.