African Peace Day and African AIDS Day is our initiative to speak against the decadent hangover of pain, hunger, conflicts, poverty, poor leadership, corruption, the AIDS pandemic in African societies.
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Equally the special report by the International Rescue Committee reported that about 5.4 million people have died in Congo DRC (as a result of war or war related and preventable illnesses) since 1998 and about 45000 people continue to die every month. It is also reported in a BBC Q&A of February 2010 that about 300,000 people have died in Sudan and 2.7 million people have fled their homes since the conflict in Sudan began. It is estimated that about 50000 people died from the recent Sierra Leone civil war, 800,000 people died during the Rwandan genocide and about 30000 people died during the Liberian civil war.
These countries (Angola, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros, Djibouti, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Chad, Uganda, Congo DRC, Guinea Bissau, Coted’Ivoire ) have witnessed previous or new large scale conflicts, small scale or more localised conflicts, previous or ongoing political violence. The incapacitating impact of these conflicts on African societies is seen in the prevalent spate of poverty, lack of health care system, mass migration, HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemic, poor economy and failed state syndrome.
The scale of human carnage as a result of conflicts and HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa calls for an urgent and special focus on the African situation. To view the conflicts and the HIV/AIDS situation in Africa like the conflicts and HIV/AIDS in other parts of the world would not produce the needed focus that Africa needs. Let us march as a people united not by colour, religion or other kinds of consideration but united by the singular spirit of humanity-that is determined to conquer barriers, break down prejudices and march towards a better world for all.
We can help the dying mother, the orphaned children, the decadent spirit of the weak and broken father, the maimed and the crippled societies of Africa if we call on the United States Government, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community, the European Union, African governments and states to mark the 7th and the 30th of November of every year as African Peace and African AIDS Day respectively.
We believe that the observance of these days will engender specific and concerted focus on the menace of conflicts and HIV/AIDS in Africa. By our determination to come together today we can make the unheard voices of millions of orphans, widows and widowers heard on the mountain top. By our actions today we can bring help for the helpless, by our actions today we can give wings to the dreams of the young and helpless children of Africa.
By our actions today we can shine our light through the darkest corners of the earth. By our actions today we can give a helping hand to the fallen and reach out to the down trodden. By our actions today we can wipe the teary eyes of the lonely mother, the grandmother and the grandfather whose children have all been snatched by the cold hands of conflict and HIV/AIDS in Africa. By our actions today we can speak for thousands of generation yet unborn. By our actions today we can reach across the Nile and stir smiles on the faces of those in need of comfort.
By our actions today we can bring joy to hearts of children who are able to play once again on the sandy shores of Africa. By our actions today we can cause the tidal wave of peace to sweep across Africa. By our actions today we can reach out to the homeless and shield them with our act of love. By our actions today we can wash the streaming blood of the innocent, the poor and helpless off the soil of conflicts in African societies. We can build a foundation of lasting peace in Africa and we can be the pillars of hope that the children of Africa have been waiting for. Let us rise together and march as the pilgrims of hope and light to the shores of Africa. Let us join our faith, our hearts and hands and march together to the land of Africa-for we are the light, the feet, the hand, the mind, the heart, and the soul of this world.
If we fail in our quest for a better society today by standing by while the world burns posterity will hold us accountable for our inaction but if we try no matter how small our effort might be posterity will build on our effort. Let us rise together with the tide of the waves and conquer the threatening tempest that war against our dream of a better world. We have the power to defy and to conquer all the odds only if we unite as ONE.
We have the Will and the power to do it-let us rise together and shatter the barriers of hatred, injustice, poverty, hopelessness, corruption, pandemic and wars in Africa!
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