Light a #Candle4Peace on 21 September

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From the Editor

For the last few months the news has been unremittingly horrifying. Whether it is the conflicts being played out in Gaza, Syria, Ukraine or Iraq, people the world over are suffering in ways which shouldn’t be possible in a world where we are all so much more connected to each other than ever before.

With girls being kidnapped in Nigeria, with minority groups forced to flee up mountains in Sinjar in Iraq, with continuing persecution of gay communities in Russia, with pregnant women being put on death row for their beliefs in Sudan, and with children and the poor seeming to bear the brunt of man’s inhumanity to man wherever it touches society, there seems to be less peace in the world with each passing day. The candles are flickering low, and the darkness threatens to envelop us all. Continue reading

The Siege of Gaza

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By Zainah El-Haroun

In the words of Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs:

“Every seven-year old girl and boy in the Gaza Strip today has lived their entire life under siege. This is their third major conflict and humanitarian catastrophe…They deserve to know more than war and siege.”

Approximately half of the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents are children. After the latest crisis, according to the UN, 1,462 civilians have been killed. Children make up 495 of the dead, now reduced to cold statistics and body counts. Around 108,000 people have had their homes completely destroyed or severely damaged. The question that we have to ask ourselves is – why has it come to this?

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