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Remembrance Day Reflections

I love remembrance day. I appreciate the time it gives the world to pause, reflect on past wars, the lives they cost, and pray that “never again” will one day come true. This year, I encapsulated that hope in my shortest poem ever:

Let “never again” become so obvious we never have to say it again.
(http://crypeace.org/news/never-again)

Amen.

I also wrote a poem from the perspectives of an Israeli and a Palestinian, remembering war but hoping for peace (I Want (I Don't Want)).

Rwanda Ready to Share Peace

Reverend Désiré Rutaganda is the Coordinator of the Centre for Documentation and Training in Kigali, Rwanda. This interfaith organisation was established in 1999 to live out the Christian values of peace and reconciliation, which were disappointingly absent from some churches and believers during the Tutsi genocide. Today, as people of God, they model how peace can transform communities for peace at the grassroots. Their dream is that today's youth will never know the war that plagued Rwanda from 1959 to 1993, and instead, will be agents of peace.

Cry Rwanda - A Prayer for Forgiveness

In 1994, I watched the events of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda unfold from my living room in Toronto, Canada. I felt distant from the crisis, insulated, safe, and powerless. At the same time, I was in anguish that people could kill other people, especially those whom they previously called friend. Within one hundred days, 800,000 lives were lost. It seems to me that they were a preventable loss, if the world truly valued those lives.

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