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International Day of Peace!
Civil Education Trust (ZIMCET)
September 17, 2002
outcry of elderly women who were victimized by members of the public
for being falsely identified as witches a few weeks ago brings out
clearly the need for us to reflect on the essence of peace especially
to the aged. These attacks were a violation on the space of the
elderly who need reassurance of peace in their old age. The International
Day of Peace comes at an opportune time for Zimbabwe Civic Education
Trust (ZIMCET) to create awareness of the fact that the elderly
can also demand peace.
be commemorating the International Day of Peace on the 21st
of September 2002, but ironically a lot of violence is taking place
in some parts of the country. In Mbare for example we have had members
of the public being beaten up in the past few weeks as a result
of the murder of a ZANU-PF loyalist. In addition the run up to the
council elections has being marred with a lot of intimidation and
the International Day of Peace is a mockery particularly in the
wake of Zimbabwe’s socio, political and economical situation. Instead
ZIMCET believes the day should be celebrated by Zimbabweans reflecting
on its quest for peace, the problems that groups advocating for
peace have come across and the best way to consolidate the limited
peace in a conflict situation such as Zimbabwe.
As the whole
world celebrates the International Day of Peace ZIMCET calls upon
the government to respond to the persistent calls by civic society,
members of the public, and all those organizations advocating for
peace to seriously and openly deplore the violent and non-violent
threats to peace.
the ZIMCET fact
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