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René Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens, active in the fields of human rights, conflict resolution, and disarmament.
Editor of the online journal of world politiccs and culture, www.transnational-perspectives.org
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I am pleased to send you an article on the need for reconciliation bridge-builders in areas of tensions and conflicts as in eastern Congo. Just as world citizens had pushed in the 1950s for the creation of UN Forces with soldiers specially prepared for peace-keeping service, so now we are again pushing for a new type of world civil servant. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have all contributed actively to military-peacekeeping forces. Perhaps these same countries can take a lead in forming reconciliation teams. Your support and advice would be most appreciated. With best wishes, Rene Wadlow

East Congo — Need for Reconciliation Bridge-Builders

Rene Wadlow



On bridges are stated the limits in tons

of the loads they can bear.

But I’ve never yet found one that can bear more

than we do.

Although we are not made of roman freestone,

nor of steel, nor of concrete.

From “Bridges” – Ondra Lysohorsky

Translated from the Lachian by Davis Gill.



Violence is growing in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, basically the administrative provinces of North and South Kivu. The violence could spread to the rest of the country as Angolan troops may come to the aid of the Central Government as they have in the past while Rwandan and Ugandan troops are said to be helping the opposing militia led by Laurent Nkunda. While Nkunda and his Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) say that they are only protecting the ethnic Tutsi living in Congo, Nkunda could emerge as a national opposition figure to President Joseph Kabila, who has little progress to show from his years in power.



There is high-level recognition that violence in Congo could spread, having a destabilizing impact on the whole region. UN diplomats, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, have stressed that a political solution — not a military one — is the only way to end the violence, and they are urging the presidents of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania to work together to restore stability. The instability, along with Congo’s vast mineral and timber riches have drawn in neighboring armies who have joined local insurgencies as well as local commanders of the national army to exploit the mines and to keep mine workers in near-slavery conditions.



The United Nations has some 17,000 peacemakers in Congo (MONUC), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, but their capacity is stretched to the limit. Recently, the General in command of the UN forces, Lieutenant General Vicent Diaz de Villegas of Spain resigned his post after seven weeks — an impossible task. Their mission is to protect civilians, some 250,000 of which have been driven from their homes since the fighting intensified in late August 2008. The camps where displaced persons have been living have been attacked both by government and rebel forces — looting, raping, and burning. UN under-secretary general for peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, is asking for an additional 3,000 soldiers, but it is not clear which states may propose troops for a very difficult mission. While MONUC has proven effective at securing peace in the Ituri district in north-eastern Congo, it has been much less successful in the two Kivu provinces.



The eastern area of Congo is the scene of fighting at least since 1998 — in part as a result of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994. In mid-1994, more than one million Rwandan Hutu refugees poured into the Kivus, fleeing the advance of the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front, now become the government of Rwanda. Many of these Hutu were still armed, among them, the “genocidaire” who a couple of months before had led the killings of some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. They continued to kill Tutsi living in the Congo, many of whom had migrated there in the 18th century.



The people in eastern Congo have lived together for many centuries and had developed techniques of conflict resolution, especially between the two chief agricultural lifestyles: that of agriculture and cattle herding. However, the influx of a large number of Hutu, local political considerations, a desire to control the wealth of the area — rich in gold, tin and tropical timber — all these factors have overburdened the local techniques of conflict resolution and have opened the door to new, negative forces interested only in making money and gaining political power.



UN peace-keeping troops are effective when there is peace to keep. What is required today in eastern Congo is not so much more soldiers under UN command, than reconciliation bridge-builders, persons who are able to restore relations among the ethnic groups of the area. The United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations need to develop bridge-building teams who can help to strengthen local efforts at conflict resolution and re-establishing community relations. In the Kivus, many of the problems arise from land tenure issues. With the large number of people displaced and villages destroyed, it may be possible to review completely land tenure and land use issues.



World citizens were among those in the early 1950s who stressed the need to create UN peace-keeping forces with soldiers especially trained for such a task. Today, a new type of world civil servant is needed — those who in areas of tension and conflict can undertake the slow but important task of restoring confidence among peoples in conflict, establishing contacts and looking for ways to build upon common interests.



Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens






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Syria: Stop the Killing

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Supporting young Syrians who say “Stop the Killing”…


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Timbuktu Protection

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 5:33pm 2 Comments

         World Citizens Call for Protection of Timbuktu, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site and Center of Trans-Saharan Cultural History

 

         In a 8 April 2012 Appeal to Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Rene Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens (AWC) welcomed UNESCO’s speedy effort to prevent damage to Timbuktu and called for negotiations between the…

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11 Jan: Day of Awareness of Human Trafficking

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:30am 1 Comment

 

World Citizens call for urgent action to end human trafficking — a modern-day slave trade.

 

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            January 11 was in some countries a “National Day of…

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16 Oct World Food Day

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 1:11pm 0 Comments

16 October—World Food Day —World Citizen Action

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Since the hungry billion in the world community believe that we can all eat if we set our common house in order, they believe also that it is unjust that some men die because it is too much trouble to arrange for them to live.

            Stringfellow Barr Citizens of the World (1952)

 

            A central theme which…

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Appeal to Kingdom of Bahrain on destruction of Shi'a mosques

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At 2:47pm on February 9, 2012, Manju said…

Thank you for friendship Rene, I am honored. Blessings! Namaste!

At 1:45pm on February 8, 2012, Manju said…

Blessings of Love, peace, Happiness, Strength and Great health to you Rene. Blessings sent! Namaste.

At 9:06am on June 25, 2011, Eva said…

Thank you for your invitation Rene ! i deeply appreciate it.

 

many blessings and greetings from Switzerland,

 

Love ... always ...;

Eva

 

At 8:45pm on August 16, 2009, Pranayama said…
Namaste Rene,

"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."
- Theodore Roethke

I hope your day is filled with joy, laughter, love and light :)

Peace, Love and Compassion

Much Metta,
Prana
At 10:37pm on March 14, 2009, ISPIRIT *light of universal* said…
thanks for your friendship,

nice to meet you here as a great lightfamily around the world.
Let us disperse the light of Love and Peace,
God blessing you,
I L O N A
TOGETHER WE CAN PROMOTE PEACE !!!
At 8:25pm on December 3, 2008, Humanity Healing International said…


“I BELIEVE that while governments make treaties, individuals make Peace.”
~ Christopher Buck

Much Metta,
Humanity Healing Team
At 11:01am on November 29, 2008, DIVERSE SANCTUARY said…
TY ! RENE,

FOR YOUR VISIT TO MY PAGE AND YOUR COMMENT.

I AM HONORED TO HAVE IT ON MY PAGE :)

AND I INVITE YOU TO CONSIDER JOINING US.

AFTER ALL OUR GOALS ARE THE SAME... HEALING FOR THE GLOBE.

THOUGH I AM NOT ONE TO SEND OUT FRIEND REQUEST.

DIVERSE SANCTUARY INVITES EVERYONE WHO FINDS US, WE ARE NON-DENOMINATIONAL.

YET, WE WANT MEMBERS TO COME TO US BECAUSE THEY WISH TO BE THERE.

SO WE SEND OUT NO INDIVIDUAL INVITES.

I WISH YOU SUCCESS IN YOUR WORK, AND AGREE WITH WHAT IS WRITTEN.

BECAUSE OF THIS, I REALLY WISH FOR YOU TO BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR MAIN NETWORK. WHERE WE CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR MESSAGES OUT.

BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE U.N. AND CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT WE ARE A SACRED PLANT COMMUNITY. I UNDERSTAND IF THIS MAYBE IN CONFLICT.

PRAYING IT IS NOT :)

OUR MAIN NETWORK LINK IS ON OUR PAGE.

HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER JOINING WITH US.

MUCH PEACE & LOVE...
SINCERELY,
REV. MARY
At 1:10pm on November 22, 2008, Raven*EagleSpirit1111 said…

Blessings! Thank you for your friendship...I am honored.

At 1:35am on November 10, 2008, Humanity Healing International said…
At 8:12pm on September 30, 2008, Pranayama said…
Namaste Rene,

It's so lovely to see you here in this wonderful space!

Thank you for everything you do and for all of the love that you share :)

Lots of Love to You!

Much Metta,
Prana
 
 
 

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