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The International Day of Peace!
Zimbabwe Civil Education Trust (ZIMCET)
September 17, 2002

The 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.

Zimbabwe shall 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 violence.

Celebrating 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.

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