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[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Iowa and Algeria Share a Hero

Mary Liepold
USA
From our good friend David Crumm at Read the Spirit comes a story in the spirit of President Obama’s June 4 address to the Muslim world. Historian John W. Kiser (center) wrote a book about a Muslim hero, Emir Abd el-Kader. High school students in Elkader, Iowa, read the book and wrote essays about its subject. Here are excerpts from two of the best.
From Rebecca Roberts (pictured at right):
“Elkader is an odd name for a little town. It is especially odd for one in the middle of nowhere in …

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[27 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Mothers and Children: Voices for Peace

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee

May has been our month of mothers, and news stories about women and peace this week are also largely tied to the experience of mothering and families. The thousands of pregnant women in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in northwest Pakistan who are due to give birth in the next month but who lack access to medical facilities and caregivers are at the front of my mind. Women in these camps, displaced by the ongoing violent conflict between Pakistan security forces and Taliban militants in the …

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[21 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Independence Plus 29 Years

Nyaradzai Mugaragumbo-Gumbonzvanda
Zimbabwe
On April 18, 2009, our nation celebrated its hard 29 years of independence from colonial rule. Women’s role in the liberation struggle remains a silent song, yet many of us recall vividly how women and their daughters agonized and organized. On this day I think of my late mother, Rozaria Marumisa Dizha, born 1923 and passed on in 2006.
Mbuya Rozaria watched that day in 1978 when her whole village was bombed, all the houses were torched, and many children, women, and men were wounded. Within days all the …

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[13 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
We Invite You All to Be Involved as Peacemakers

Michel Ngoy Mulunda
Congo – DRC
“We friendly invite you all to be involved in the DRC situation as peacemakers through your prayers, actions, and assistance. It is too much to see so many people be killed for nothing.”
Since we won independence from Belgium in 1960, the DRC, a nation of nearly 66 million that covers an area as large as Western Europe, has expressed a clear and achievable plan for human rights in political manifestos that address intolerance, discrimination, and the fight against impunity. But we still have very serious concerns, …