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[28 Oct 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Female Chief Promotes Dialogue Instead of Killing

Sarah Akoru Lochodo
“I couldn’t allow the killing between us to continue to happen. I decided that we must approach these things through dialogue.”
I am a Chief among the semi-nomadic and pastoralist communities in the Turkana District of northwestern Kenya. Unlike other countries where community members elect the chief, I went through a competitive process and was appointed by Government of Kenya to be the Assistant-Chief of my people.
In the history of Kanuk (my division), I am the first woman to ever hold the position of chief. When I went to …

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[23 Sep 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Living, Learning, and Teaching Peace

Stephanie Knox Cubbon
“I hope that someday we won’t even need to say ‘peace education,’ that it will simply be education – that there will be education for all, and that all education will be education for peace.”
Imagine a world in which our children go to school and learn to communicate peacefully, to embrace diversity, to promote equality and human rights, to resolve conflict creatively, to live sustainably and with compassion. We can create that world – by introducing peace education into our schools and communities.
If “war begins in the minds …

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[15 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
Teaching Fear, Teaching Faith

Rev. Meg Riley
The Jewish New Year falls, this year, at the same time that American families of all faiths experience the new year: it is back-to-school season. Teachers are now trying to get the attention of kids to the front of the room, while parents wave happily, finally, at the backs of buses.
While the schools may be closing in on sentence structure and multiplying fractions, the ancient task of teaching our children who and what to fear and who or what to …

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[20 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Network of Caring Women Delivers Hope

Joan Weah
“Where was her security, other than with the next man and yet another? Where would she end up? How long would she live?”
Dechris Geekor (pictured) is a 20-year-old woman who lived with two of her friends as squatters in an abandoned house. She was forced to trade her body for money to feed herself and her son. What were her options for a happy, productive, and purposeful life? Where was her security, other than with the next man and yet another? Where would she end up? How long would …