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Wednesday, May 07, 2008Reason #2 To Fly A Peace Globe ~ Darfu
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.
Thirty 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 activisim. 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.
Need a reason to fly a globe?
(called the Darfur Genocide by the United States Government)
in the western Sudan
Who is fighting? The Sudanese Government militia and the Janjaweed against the rebel groups known as The Sudan Liberation Army and The Justice and Equality Movement. More than 2.5 millions people have been displaced and 200,000 - 400,000 dead since 2003. It is the scene of unspeakable human rights violations, including mass killing, the burning of entire villages, looting, and systematic rape of the population of Darfur. Millions have been driven from their homes and forced into refugee camps surrounded by government militia.
I am appalled by the needless suffering in my world.
If words are powerful, then this matters.
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