"How many deaths will take till he knows, that too many people have died?" – Bob Dylan
“Our message is blunt: migrants are dying who need not.
It is time to do more than count the number of deaths.
It is time to engage the world to stop this violence...
against desperate migrants.”
– IOM Director General William Lacy Swing
YOU ARE INVITED to the 4th Peace & Justice Conference!
Calling for youth organisations, peace activists, solidarity workers, teacher trainees, development instructors, young and old and in between – all are welcome! Please contact us if you want to participate / volunteer / contribute
The world needs you!
Also check out more information about the conference on the website
"Despite the tragic consequences for the lives of millions affected by conflict and displacement, the gap between humanitarian needs and available funding continues to exist. The outlook for 2018 is grim, as the political will to resolve conflicts and address the root causes that are driving them - poor governance, growing impoverishment, inequality and climate change, is weak. Political leaders must step up and shoulder responsibility for tackling today's forgotten crises."
...~Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
This year's topic is "Meeting the Other".
In a world where wars and violence escalate, creating bridges between people is an important and burning issue. But peace is more than a lack of war.
Therefore, we want to learn about the roots of the problem and act upon it. During the fourth edition of the conference, we would like to tackle the issue of prejudice, an obstacle on the way to creating a sustainable peace. We are called to do justice to all who suffer from misunderst...anding and from being misunderstood.
Because, there is no peace without justice.
"Peace is much more than the absence of violence. #PositivePeace describes the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies. The Institute has developed a conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, that outlines a system of eight factors that work together to build positive peace. Derived from a statistical analysis of over 4,000 datasets, the Pillars of Peace provides a roadmap to overcome adversity and conflict, and to build lasting peace."
"Main creator of terrorism is US #WarOnTerror, not terrorists" says elsewhere #JanOberg "The main result from this – anti-intellectual – attitude and policy is that there are about 80 times – yes, times – more people killed today than in the year 2000"
However, "Terrorism-related deaths around the world are down for the second straight year, according to the [irreplacable] Institute for Economics and Peace’s annual #GlobalTerrorismIndex."
We hope it doesn't mean an increase of deaths caused by "#TerroristsInUniforms", popularly called soldiers.
Amid the wars and referenda, don't overlook the greatness of Kurdish people.
"[...] This mystical power they [Kurds in Turkey] possess is their humble approach to life. It’s in their genes that they don’t chase money and don’t participate in a societal competition to have more. They are the freest people I know. Their integrity itself could be a topic to investigate. They are not manipulated by wealth, consumerism or big powers.
They are able to remain true to their core and by now I am sure this is the highest form of freedom that a person or ethnic group can possess. [...]"
Lies preceded the unprovoked invasions on Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and any other war.
"The first victim of war is truth."
Now, Trump [USA] is lying about #Iran... more than usually...
"[...] seeking an asylum is an individual affair, while life is a common affair. And it makes sense to grant asylum individually to people coming from a war zone, where villagers are dispersed and communities already torn apart. But in cases like #Kiribati [where people have to move because of the rising sea level], grant...ing asylum to individuals means destruction of communities – adding another disaster.
Climate Change is a social disaster."
DNS The Necessary Teacher Training College is not without a reason, a host of 2018's Peace Justice Conference.
"Meeting the Other"? DNS Students do that all the time!
If you didn't follow up on the #KurdishIndependence vote, you might like to get updated by reading this article.
With 93% of votes in favour of independence, Iraqi #Kurdistan only lost much of what it had gained since 1991, while "#MassoudBarzani, the autonomous region’s president since 2005" resigned over these failures.