Blog Archives: January 2016

Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option

Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World’s 60 Million Refugees by politicalviolenceataglance on January 26, 2016 By Erica Chenoweth and Hakim Young for Denver Dialogues In Brussels, more than 1,200 people protest against Europe’s unwillingness to do more about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, April 23rd, 2015. By Amnesty International. Today, one in every 122 humans living on the planet is a refugee, an internally displaced person, or an asylum-seeker. In 2014, conflict and persecution forced a staggering 42,500 persons per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, resulting in 59.5 million total refugees worldwide. According to the UN refugee agency’s 2014 Global Trends report (tellingly entitled World at War), developing countries hosted 86% of these refugees. Developed countries, such as the U.S. and those in Europe, host only 14% of the world’s total share of refugees. Yet public sentiment in the […]

Relationships – reflections on refugees

Two Afghans making calls while awaiting their flights out of Afghanistan from Kabul International Airport By Dr Hakim 19th Jan 2016 As I put together this photo journal of an Iraqi father and his dear son seeking asylum in Finland, I found renewed hope in relationships. Relationships change our lives, and so, they change our world every day. As relationships are built on various aspects of love, they are powerful. If we build more and more relationships, they will be an alternative power to the abusive power of governments and corporations, and that’s when governments and corporations will become more obvious in their efforts to sabotage relationships. But, relationships are not an ‘oppositional’ power. They are invitational, and completely unarmed. Therefore, they will overcome, someday. Kathy Kelly, Cathy Breen, David Smith-Ferri, Bob Alberts ( U.S. peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence ) and I visited Mohammad and Omar in […]

Notes from Kabul

Bearing quilted bed covers, Afghans walk through the cemetery to their mountainside homes.   1st Jan 2016 By Carolyn Coe They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t. One of the women tells me about the pain in her chest, her legs. She talks about the war. I listen to all the manifestations of her suffering. I understand only a handful of words but as she clasps my hand, I know she wants my help in receiving a pair of duvets, too. I tell her I don’t make any decisions here. It is the elder representative of the neighborhood who determines who receives the […]