Tomorrow, Friday 29 May 2015, the UN Peacekeepers day would be commemorated in Liberia and in other parts of the world. The theme for this year is “Past, Present and Future” For nearly 70 years since the United Nations was founded, over 125,000 women and men Peacekeepers have been at the frontlines of conflict across the globe including Liberia.
While a number of persons, civilians and soldiers alike, have paid the ultimate price in their quest for world peace, the problems seem not to be abating. Rather, it is getting worse and might take a global dimension if the prevailing conflicts in Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis are anything to go by.
Today’s conflicts are getting more complex and volatile. Environments are vast and hostile and peacekeeping operations would be required to come up with a new and more robust strategy to tackle new threats. According to the UN Secretary General in his message on Africa Day, he said “We know that conflicts breed where people suffer from poor governance, human rights violation, exclusion and poverty”
Now, more than ever, we need to reflect on what has gone before as we need the will of the international community to provide a blueprint for international peace and security. It seems to us peace messengers that either present strategy is wrong or under resourced.
With the changing nature of conflicts and with the evolution of threats everywhere; we need to remember times past when we were dealing with two axis of power and the aftermath of World War II that paved the way for competition among nations.
While we reflect on times remembered and the changing nature of modern day conflict vis a vis peacekeeping operations for which Ebola has now become a part, we need to introduce new technologies that are not only essential but crucial to fighting those multiple axis of power who are enemies of peace in highly politicized environment.
We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with on the wonderful activities undertaken by women. There is no one-off receipt for making this happen but Messengers of Peace intend to mobilize young people, especially women to write their own stories and share these stories with the rest of the world.
We recall that through the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), Women’s groups were funded to provide support and from these groups, we would like you to read their stories. How it did all happen and what did we do to make sure we put a halt to the spread of this deadly virus?
Here’s a pearl of wisdom for you: “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him”-Aldous Huxley.
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Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The roles of Women in the fight against Ebola”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.