Archive - Dec 10, 2008

Prayers for Peacemakers, Wed., Dec. 10, 2008

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, Wed., Dec. 10, 2008

Pray for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Quebec. They blockaded the highway again calling on Canada and Quebec to honour the resource sharing agreement signed with them, but police responded with threats and arrests.

Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Toronto, Canada

IRAQ REFLECTION: A more powerful witness

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“What are you doing here as Christians?” one man asked after we introduced ourselves as members of Christian Peacemaker Teams.  Three members of the Iraq team were leading a one-day nonviolence and reconciliation workshop in Suleimaniya for fifteen young adult leaders from the conservative Muslim city of Halubja.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO REFLECTION: First impressions

When CPTers left for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this month, the headlines reflected dismal peacemaking prospects.  Five million Congolese have died since 1996 because of ongoing wars.  A quarter million people displaced themselves this fall because of fighting between rebel forces and Congolese troops.  The Lord's Resistance Army from Uganda crossed into the DRC to kidnap students for soldiers and female companions.  United Nations and other relief agencies have not delivered food because of the fighting.  Angola, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Uganda reportedly sent or were ready to send troops into the Congo because of the unrest.  Human rights monitors are reporting crisis situations.