South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011. (98.83% support) Its capital and largest city is Juba. But it has suffered ethnic violence and endured a civil war since 2013. Also, 6.9 million people are experiencing hunger. It is about two thirds of the population, 12 million. South Sudan has the third largest refugee (3.7 million) crisis, after Syria and Afghanistan. (if you want to know more stastistics)
There is good news, too. On September 2018, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with main rebel leader Riek Machar formally ending a five-year civil war. Although the conflict has been resolved to some extent, it is still uneasy because it has been violated and moves toward peace.
I would like to introduce young men who move for peace.
1st IPYG Youth Peace Empowerment Project
‘The 1st IPYG Youth Peace Empowerment Project’ was held on December 16th at office of Junub Open Space in Juba, South Sudan. It was hosted by International Peace Youth Group(IPYG) and Junub Open Space(JunubOS).
The IPYG Youth Peace Empowerment Project composed of 11 chapters provides an opportunity for students and young people to learn the values such as harmony and co-existence through agriculture where the law of nature is being explored and is closely related to the daily lives of African youths. They would be nurtured as ‘Messenger of peace’ who can lead in the forefront for world peace through various experimental and research activities.
Also IPYG Youth Peace Empowerment Project shares the same vision with the UN SDGs, especially Goal 4 ‘Quality Education’. The project was designed to teach basic agricultural and historical knowledge to students and young people who are excluded from formal educational institutions.
IPYG aims to conduct the project at five schools in South Sudan this year. Furthermore, it is in the process of making educational material to implement the project in all African country.
Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history. There are 12,703battles since 2500 B.C. (created by a Dutch company LAB1100) Explore the map here. At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. Estimates for the total number killed in wars throughout all of human history range from 150 million to 1 billion. War causes universal misery. Wars made internally displaced people, refugees and casualties. “There was never a good War, or a bad Peace.” (Benjamin Franklin) “Who can compensate for the death of the youth? A Country? No one can do.” (Man hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL)
What Wars are Going on Now?
There are 5 ongoing wars in the world. Let me know if more wars happen.
• Afghanistan • Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) • Syrian Civil War • Yemeni Civil War • Boko Haram Insurgency
Afghanistan (7 October 2001 – present)
Growing political tensions and infighting has created an increasingly volatile environment in Afghanistan. This conflict started on 7 October 2001. In the past 16 years, al-Qaeda and Taliban government was destructed. Osama bin Laden was dead. Despite the fact that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed by a drone strike in May 2016, the group has regularly launched relentless attacks around the country. Adding to the instability, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has continuously attempted to establish the foundation in Afghanistan.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (1999 – present)
ISIS causes a major obstacle to peace not only in Iraq and Syria but also in Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan. Within the past year, the group has launched some of its most deadly terrorist attacks outside of the Middle East region, including in Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan and the U.S. It’s hard to measure due to global terrorism, but the U.N. estimates ISIS is responsible for more than 18,000 civilian deaths in Iraq in the past two years alone.
• Total killed : 410,800 • Civilians killed : 106,000 • Missing : 56,900 • Not documented : 100,000+ (The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as of March 2018)
Syrian Civil War (15 March 2011 – present)
Now in its sixth year, the Syrian Civil War has created one of the most dire and complex humanitariancrises on earth. Recent reports put the death toll at 470,000, with more than one in ten Syrians having been wounded or killed. An estimated 8 million Syrians have become displaced within the country, and another 4.5 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries and beyond.
In 2014, Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sana’a and a large portion of northern Yemen. President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and his cabinet fled to neighboring Saudi Arabia, where a Saudi-led coalition was formed to counter the Houthi rebellion. The Yemeni Civil War started. It is a humanitarian catastrophe. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates that 14.1 million civilians are dangerously close to starvation.
• Total killed : 50,000+ • Civilians killed : 6,592 • Wounded : 49,960 • Displaced : 3,154,572 • Child died of hunger : 50,000+
Boko Haram Insurgency (2009 – present)
The jihadist rebel group Boko Haram started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. It want to establish an Islamic state based on Sharia law and has spread to Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Nigeria was also targeted in the infamous Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping in 2014, in which about 270 girls were abducted. Boko Haram now controls up to 20 percent of Nigeria and continues to violate human rights and leave millions without access to food, water, shelter or medical care throughout the entire Lake Chad region.
Approximately 210,000 Afghan, Iraqi, and Pakistani civilians have died violent deaths as a direct result of the wars. (As of March 2015) This is not just a number. I’m sitting in front of the computer, tapping on the keyboard, but it’s not just a number. It is a very vivid death in their lives, and they are my family, my father, my mother, my sister, and my brother. But there is no need to despair that the war will not end. Because there are people who have the answer to peace. It is recognized by numerous experts as a strong and practical peace movement. It is the HWPL! HWPL is a really hot peace group to worldwide foreign news these days. Let me introduce an anecdote.
The Chairman Man hee Lee ofHWPL asked, “People who are gathered here, is there any want who want war?.”
No one answered. The Chairman Lee continued that “War sacrifices many lives and destroys many buildings. If there is anyone who wants war, please raise your hand.” With silence–, no one raised their hands. The Chairman Man hee Lee shouted strongly, “When there’s war, who is the one who is fighting in front of battle line that is the youth. We are born in the same world, same generation, but their lives cannot blossom, but their lives are lost in the battle!”
The Chairman Lee continued, “Now, we need to make a peaceful world to live. And when we inherit peaceful world to our future generation, nothing would be more valuable. That is why we need to urge all of our presidents. We need to urge them for the world to become peaceful sooner. I’m not saying something wrong. Am I? We have to make our world, our global village being paradise. This is our duty. And, this is what we have to do.” Everyone gave a standing ovation.
918 World Peace WARP Summit
‘Together for Peace’ Core Peace movement of HWPL
This year at the 918 World Peace WARP Summit, thousands of leaders and citizens from around the globe will gather for 3 days in Republic of Korea with the great determination of creating a peaceful world together. Under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW”, the wind of peace is blowing all over the world. We invite you all! to come and see the answer to peace in person!
Monday (local time) Britain BBC reported that African refugee hiding in a suitcase was caught by the Spanish border guards of the North Africa. He want to go to the ‘Ceuta‘. He is a 19-year-old man from Gabon. He received first aid shortly after discovery.
Refugee’s stories is a lot. Nowadays there is a continuing major refugee problem. I’ll tell you more.
One woman hid under the dashboard space and one man hid under rear seat. What’s surprising is that two man and woman hid in the same car. She received first aid with breathing troubles.
January 1st, the 1,100 refugee wanted to slip across the border in Ceuta. Then, Morocco military police come into conflict with 1,100 refugee. Both suffered injuries one after the other.
Refugee have no choice
What do you think? In fact, It is not near from us. We wake up without any sense. He could drink coffee, we could go to School. But Refugee have no choice. How miserable it is!!! It is not pity. Do you think Refugee is the same person like us?
If you or your family lived like that, You will be very upset.You can not sleep to resolve this issue. But we may or may not solve the problem of us. I understand that we are equally hard. I hope that we have to try a little harder. We must solve the problem.
“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” – Jimmy Carter
“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”- Jawaharlal Nehru
“The death of a child refugee. Then after a year, Not remain in our minds”
It is first anniversary of a child refugee’s Death. Do you remember ‘Alan Kurdi’?
He is a child refugee. Last year he became enormously famous. Because he appeared dead on the beach. While trying to go to Europe to avoid civil war, his mother(35) and his brother(5) were drowned. Then all the world wanted to help the refugees.
His father said “Then after a year, that movement is all gone.”
What did you feel?
What did you do?
How is your plan going now?
He pointed out that “People are still dying in the Mediterranean, and dangerous boats with illegal refugees continue.”
He appealed “I hope the world leaders to stop a Syria civil war as soon as possible.”
The Mediterranean is the fuss now. Thousands of people were overthrown, and Thousands of people were rescued. But all do not get involved this problem.
Now there has been a lot of talk about the Colombian civil war.
Whatwenowhave,is the Syria civil war
I want to end war. 🙂 Refugee is our friend.
His father said “I don’t know what I’m doing and I don’t know why I’m still alive”