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[22 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Peace Is Green!

Gail Montplaisir
Peace X Peace Board Member
USA
War and its attendant environmental destruction throws nature out of balance and causes us to lose plants and trees, lowers air quality, and generally lowers the ability of humankind to live and prosper.
We know that the long war in Afghanistan, for example, has destroyed much of the tree canopy, leading to an environmental disaster and desert creep. People in Iraq and other wartorn countries live for years with live mines, dust and dirt in the air and in their homes, and the terribly serious problem …

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[17 Mar 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
I Spoke. They Listened. But Will Anything Change?

Suraya Pakzad
Afghanistan
“They’re not down in the village talking with the local community. So they build clinics in areas with no safe water, and one out of five children still die before the age of five.”
I spent the week of International Women’s Day in Washington, DC, taking part in a number of observances and meeting with officials from the State Department and all kinds of agency heads. I had tea at the White House with President Obama and Mrs. Obama. They all listened respectfully to what I had to say. …

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[6 Mar 2010 | 26 Comments | ]
Tastes of Home in a Faraway Land

Alaha Ahrar
Afghanistan
“Mrs. Nirschel’s goal in having this winter break program is to create solidarity and friendship among the members of the IEAW so that when we go back to Afghanistan we will know that we are not alone.”
I am a sophomore at Mary Washington University in Virginia, so, this was the second year that I participated in a very special Intersession [winter break] Program. Mrs. Paula Nirschel, founder of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women (IEAW), rented three houses near the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, for Afghan female …

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[21 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Helping Haiti: The View from the Newborn Nursery

- Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
The disastrous earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, and on January 13 my daughter gave birth to a baby boy. I alternated for most of a week between distracting our two-year-old granddaughter from her mama’s prolonged absence and helping to cuddle and soothe the newborn.
In the rare moments when mother and children were asleep, I scanned the papers and trolled the internet. (The TV could wake someone up.) I read about the massive loss of life, the worsening conditions for those left alive, the promises …