Azerbaijan International

Protecting Biodiversity

"We live in such a strange world. Billions of dollars are spent to protect the biodiversity of our planet by protecting wild animals, rare plants and even the tiniest insects. But where do human beings fit into the picture? So often the world sits idly by, watching ethnic conflicts flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed. Shouldn't the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world?"

Urkhan Alakbarov, geneticist, in an interview with Azerbaijan International, emphasizing that the deepest concern of science must always be mankind. Alakbarov was referring to the tragic situation that exists in Azerbaijan where nearly 1 million people live as refugees in a population of 7.5 million.

Azerbaijan International (6.3) Autumn 1998.
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