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[23 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Darfur Women at the Frontlines: Raising Voices for Peace

Jose Tenga
Canada/Sudan

“This is the very first time in my life when I have been asked to suggest ways and means for ending this war. And it has happened because you called this meeting. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to make my contribution to the search for peace in my country.” (Female delegate to the DDR Sensitization workshop in El Fasher, North Darfur, August, 2011)
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Mention the name Darfur and the mind immediately conjures images of death, destruction, and desolation caused by more than a decade of relentless factional fighting …

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[19 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
A Childhood Cut Short

Nancy Apiyo
Uganda
Editor’s Note: Below, Nancy Apiyo tells the story of her countrywoman Anne, who was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army as a child.  Nancy works with women who were once abducted  at Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Uganda.
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I always think about Anne. I wonder how she was able to go through that gruesome experience and still remain calm. She is a very gentle woman.  When you look at her you can never tell what she has hidden within her. It is a story of her …

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[13 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
After a Childhood of War and Violence, Hope

Rebecca
Sudan/Uganda
Editor’s note: Sister Marilyn Lacey, Director of Mercy Beyond Borders, sent us this story of Rebecca, a Sudanese woman who is the recipient of a Mercy Beyond Borders scholarship.   More information on the organization can be found below.
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I am Rebecca, a Sudanese woman. When I was small, my mother carried me to a refugee camp in Adjumani, Uganda.  We worked hard: from 6 am until 6 pm my mother dug in the fields and I worked alongside her in the early morning. Then I would wash my legs …

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[30 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
I Love My Country, and…….

- by Mary Liston Liepold
I’m a 60s person. I never burned a flag, but I washed one once, as a protest against yet another bout of flag-draped carnage. I consider myself a world citizen first and an American second.
Still, I remember the hand-over-heart, heart-swelling feeling of 4th of July parades in my mid-century Midwest childhood. Even as an adult I’ve experienced surges of patriotic pride, and I remember the occasions clearly: the naturalization ceremonies that made our two adopted children US citizens, jury duty instructions from Judge (now Attorney General) …