In three earlier blog articles published between October 2010 and February 2012 — “Preparing for South Sudan’s crucial referendum,” “Prayers for Sudan,” and “South Sudan: The challenge of ethnic reconciliation” — I had tried to analyze the long 1954 to 2005 war within Sudan between the North and the South, which ended w
It is 2014, the centenary of the beginning of World War I, and the world is in for four years of hundredth-anniversary observances. In 2016, we’ll hear all about the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of the war (and one of the longest in the history of warfare, from February through December 1916!).
Renowned Human Rights Lawyer and non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh from Syria reported missing December 9, 2013 from a Damascus suburb. Taken in the cover of darkness by masked gunmen shortly after she and her team had completed a video plea for the release of two Spanish journalist.
From Egypt to Afghanistan: Who is my enemy?
From Sherif in Egypt
My dear enemy, I kill you with love…
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Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle to survive without adequate shelter, clothing, food or fuel.
Shortly after I turned 20 years old, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. government re-established compulsory draft registration. It was a public message that we were ready to invade Afghanistan, too. Failure to register could lead to five years in prison. I didn’t have to go to war; war had come to me.
“I’ve never encountered a space like this. The idea that spirituality renews our work and protects us from burnout, because we’re all doing very challenging work,” states IFOR Fellow Rosario Quiroz.
2013 has been an incredible year for justice-centered activism. As we enjoy this holiday season, here’s a “top 10” list of creative and awe-inspiring peace and justice campaigns that have inspired us at the Fellowship of Reconciliation this year.