Peace Building: A Vital Tool For Development

Peace Building: A Vital Tool For Development

Every year the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to mark the remembrance of their people that died due to atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 which left over 100,000 people dead. In addition to this more than 90,000 people were seriously injured in Hiroshima and about 74,000 people dead with more than 75,000 severely injured in Nagasaki towards the end of World War II.

Since the August 1945 atomic bomb incidence, the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to appeal and advocate for peace to reign throughout the world with the abolition of nuclear weapons (a weapon of mass destruction) so that the tragedies that occurred in their lands will never be repeated around the world.

But what is the world still experiencing? Tragedies upon tragedies: a man made initiated tragedies leaving innocent people in agony. The decisions of ‘minors’ called leaders continue to destroy the innocent masses around the world with annihilation of minor group taking place by different terror groups. From the missing Malaysian plane to another Malaysian plane fired down from the sky leaving more than 200 people dead; the attack in Iraq and Syria by ISIS; Al-shabaab claiming the terror attacks in Kenya and with innocent people dying due to Israel-Gaza crisis.

It is close to 100 days since the Chibok girls were kidnapped and they are yet to be rescued; the Buni Yadi case of innocent boys gunned down in school is already a forgotten issue; Domboa village in Bornu was recently attacked leaving more than 100 people dead with Askira Uba village in Bornu deserted due to villagers fleeing their homes in scores and other 8 major villages also deserted due to the inhabitants also fleeing their homes.

The world is drastically reverting to an unstable state and it seems that the lessons from World War II have been forgotten so fast with violence escalating around the world and dark days for humanity. The crux of most crises in the world right now is either religion or ethnic related. The world has refused to see that humankind supersedes any religion or race. What’s the essence of any religion without empathy for our fellow human being regardless of our race?

Until we realize that our religion or our race doesn’t necessarily quantify who we really are but rather humanity does, peace will continue to evade the world. “Organised religion in my view is more of a curse than a blessing. I believe that religion should be very, very personal.” – Wole Soyinka

The world can get along regardless of our differences once we recognize, accept, and celebrate our differences that make human race a unique one. We need to stand for the truth and refuse evil to take root around the world. There is need for everyone to advocate and appeal for peace around the world just like the way the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima of Japan are advocating for peace and the abolition of the production of nuclear weapons (weapons of mass destruction).

With peace, we will save the earth and her inhabitants from destruction.

Save lives by advocating for peace! Preach peace!

Written by Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuff is a Construction Technologist by profession, writer and an advocate by passion, she volunteers with Slum to School Africa, a task force member of the Rabat-Conakry commitment, and a Climate Tracker for the adopt a negotiator programme who blogs on foreign policy, politics, and current affairs from her twitter handle(@saymamaa).

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About Safriat Yussuf

Safriat Yussuff is a Construction Technologist by profession, writer and an advocate by passion, she volunteers with Slum to School Africa, a task force member of the Rabat-Conakry commitment, and a Climate Tracker for the adopt a negotiator programme who blogs on foreign policy, politics, and current affairs from her twitter handle(@saymamaa).

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