Category: Africa

“Peace Over Violence”

“Peace over Violence” (Towards a peaceful Zimbabwe 2018 National Elections) Article by Lance Muteyo Elections in Zimbabwe have been characterised by massive politically-motivated violence which has left a lot of ‘scars’ in communities. History tells us that politically-motivated violence occurs in every society at some point during its existence. Be it in time of independence… Read more »

Michael Sharp

On March 30, 2017 the news reported the finding of the bodies of two United Nations workers in eastern Congo.  One was Michael Sharp from Kansas in the United States; the other was Zaida Catalán from Sweden.  They were members of a U.N. “Group of Experts” who were working on conflict resolution in the long, torturously-twisted… Read more »

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal’s book War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story is one of his ways of fighting against war and working for peace. The other way is through his African hip-hop music. As he says in the book, “It is time for me to tell my story using the music and lyrics that are my weapons… Read more »

ADAM CURLE (1916-2006)

“What’s peace?…It recognizes one humanity in which all lives are precious and worthy to be loved and given help towards fulfillment.” In 1970 the Nigerian army overwhelmed the army of the Biafran rebels, forcing a surrender and ending a 3-year long civil war that left half a million people dead. Many feared a bloodbath following… Read more »

ALISON DES FORGES (1942-2009)

“Governments hesitate to call the horror by its name, for to do so would oblige them to act.” The Rwandan genocide was personal for me.  I h ad a Rwandan friend who was involved in peacemaking efforts and was caught up in the violence.  He was missing for a month before we heard from him… Read more »