***Warning: Graphic language***
Our mutilated lands sweat blood,
Our toppled trees spill tears not sap,
Our rivers blush,
Purity moved from our sources.
The candid image of Africa saddens,
His cries of distress barely loosen the net of terror,
His children are victims of his immense wealth,
The vaginas of his little girls are profaned:
At the age of dolls
Their virginity torn from them before seeing their first period.
In the wind we hear the muted roar of hate...
Written by Suzanne van Hooff and published on 29-July-2014
After spending several months in the West Bank, one quickly learns that the Palestinians are creative and resourceful with a huge thirst for knowledge- so when I heard about Palfest, a travelling literature festival, I was both intrigued and excited. Palfest, or the Palestine Literature Festival as it is also known, has been running annually since 2008. Previous participants read like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the literary world:
Written by A.N.S. and published on 14-July-2014
Brazilians love football. Being no exception to the rule, I can spend hours discussing why it is one of the most beautiful and democratic sports on the planet. It would have to be, to move the hearts of over half of the World’s population. That being said, the World Cup organization in Brazil and Qatar have tarnished the beauty of the sport with a gruesome series of human rights violations.
Recently Brazil was given a “yellow...
Written by Natasha Leite and published on 11-July-2014
The largest incidence of post-election violence in Kenya happened in 2007/2008 after a highly contested general election between the major protagonists Mr. Mwai Kibaki of the Party of National Unity (PNU) and Mr. Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). The violence erupted immediately after the Electoral Commission Chairman announced Mr. Kibaki as the winner, prompting supporters of Odinga to protest. The protests which were dubbed peaceful took another twist when supporters o...
Written by Victor Oteku and published on 29-June-2014
A month after the general elections in Malawi, we can conclude that the many handouts by President Banda to poor rural voters did not make them vote for her. On Friday night, May 30th, right before the constitutional deadline at midnight, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika as president-elect after ten nerve-wracking days of mutual accusations ...
Written by Suzanne van Hooff and published on 29-June-2014
Peace is priceless. Many people seek peace, yet struggle to find an innovative way to achieve it, so it remains a distant dream. Africa is often perceived as a home to violence, conflict and anti-peace cultures. Some African countries, such as Somalia, are known to be among the most dangerous places on earth. Within so-called Somalia however, there is a special place, a self-declared country, which has enjoyed two decades of peace by listening to and following local voices: Somaliland.
Written by Muhyadiin Yussuf and published on 17-June-2014
22 May 2014 marks Thailand’s first military coup in 8 years, after the army ordered two days of peace talks during which the country's political rivals failed to end their deadlock. Thailand’s history has averaged one coup every 4.5 years for the last eight decades and its enviable record of economic resilience in the face of political upheaval has gained itself a nickname
Written by Sofie Chen and published on 13-June-2014
When discussing the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the concept of pinkwashing is one that is rarely mentioned. Pinkwashing occurs when supporters of Israel attempt to deflect attention from Israel’s human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by pointing out the favourable treatment of the minority LGBT community in Israel, the aim being to perpetuate the image that Israel is a modern democratic state that does not carry out human rights abuses. However, it s...
Written by A.N.S. and published on 06-June-2014
Peace and justice go hand-in-hand in most countries, but in countries which are neither stable nor democratic, peace and justice often compromise one other and it seems that only one can be achieved at any time. Peacemakers, international organisations and politicians ask themselves whether it is more important to end violence and save civilians from atrocities, or whether charging leaders with crimes against humanity and bringing justice to the victims is more important.
Can there be peace...
Written by TES and published on 27-May-2014
Peace and justice go hand-in-hand in most countries, but in countries that are neither stable nor democratic it peace and justice often compromise each other and only one is achieved at any time. The questions that peacemakers, international organisations and politicians ask themselves are is it more important to end violence and save civilians from atrocities? Or are charges of leaders for their crimes against humanity and bring justice to the victims more important?
Can there be a peace w...
Written by TES and published on 16-May-2014