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.
But there is hope because the light has not gone out; there is more that unites us as citizens of the world than divides us into our separate communities, and small actions will help to show those who are suffering that the world is still thinking of them.
With this in mind, Global Minorities Alliance is proud to announce our campaign for Peace Day on 21 September 2014.
Peace Day is a United Nations-recognised day of global ceasefire and non-violence, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. The United Nations invites all nations and people on this day to honour a cessation of hostilities, and to commemorate the day through education and public awareness related to peace.
On 21 September, Global Minorities Alliance is asking for as many people as possible to light a candle, take a photo and post it on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #Candle4Peace, to show worldwide solidarity with people who live in war and crisis. Global Minorities Alliance will then retweet and repost all of these pictures to bring together this small act of hope into a larger movement for peace.
Although a small step, this collective action united under the hashtag #Candle4Peace will show that people the world over still have hope for a future free of conflict and persecution, even in these darkest of days.
We hope you can join us.