Saturday, May 31, 2008

Reason #23 To Fly A Peace Globe ~ Kivu

Reason #23 Kivu Conflict
Began 2004

Where? Kivu is a large region in Africa Kivu that borders Lake Kivu - one of the Great Lakes of Africa

Who? Democratic Republic of The Congo and rebel forces

Why? Control of the Congolese region

Fighting has displaced more than 370,000 people. One of the major atrocities of this conflict has been the kidnapping of schoolchildren to use girls as sex slaves and boys as soldiers. "In September (2007), Nkunda's men "raided ten secondary schools and four primary schools where they took the children by force in order to make them join their ranks". Hundreds of thousands of Congolese have fled the region.

PEACE DEAL: Signed in January 2008 but as of May 2008 the fighting has not completely stopped and civilian atrocities are still being reported.

The Thirty Days Thirty Reasons Series: There are thirty ongoing violent conflicts waging right now around the globe. The United Nations defines Major Wars as military conflict inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. Wikipedia expands that definition to include wars that cause destruction and humanitarian crisis of outstanding severity." Ongoing civil wars fueled by racial, ethnic, or religious differences come with a new twist that distinguishes them from wars in previous generations - civilian casualties. During World War I non-combatants made up less than 5% of casualties. Today, the number is a staggering 75% civilians killed or wounded. Less than FOUR days from now we will engage in another BlogBlast For Peace. By my research and estimation, there are at LEAST 30 very good reasons to fly a peace globe. To begin your activism. To increase our awareness of the suffering of others. To talk about peace. To write about peace. To be part of a larger voice for peace. To invoke peace. To pray for peace. To focus on peace.
To wage peace

I am appalled by the needless suffering in my world.
If words are powerful, then this matters.

Come on. Join the Revolution.


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