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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Reason #5 To Fly A Peace Globe ~ Ogaden

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?
Here's Reason #5

Ogaden Conflict

April 2007

Ethiopian Somali region on the east coast of Africa

Who is fighting? The Ethiopian Army and a rebel group called the Ogaden National Liberation front. In less than a year, hundreds of civilians were killed and tens of thousands displaced. The plight of the people in this remote section of Africa is dire and often compared to the humanitarian conditions in Darfur. The Ethiopian air force has been carpet bombing villages and civilians on the run in nomadic settlements.

The conflict has resulted in a humanitarian crisis.

Can you imagine being an innocent person finding yourself and your family literally trapped between warring enemies?

Reportedly, government troops are burning villages, raping, looting and terrorizing civilians who seem to sympathize with the opposing side. It has been called a "mini-Darfur." There has also been a forced draft of civilians, even health workers, to fight alongside troops. Many of those who refused were jailed or tortured.

Human Rights Watch reports that the humanitarian abuses violate the "laws of war."

Did I just write that? The laws of war.....
I am appalled by the needless suffering in my world.
If words are powerful, then this matters

Thirty Days, Thirty Reasons....
To Fly A Peace Globe

Reason #1 Sri Lanka
Reason #2 Darfur
Reason #3 Iraq
Reason #4 Pakistan

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