Press Clip Source: Twincities.com Pioneer Press 
Date: February 17, 2016
Written by:Rubén Rosario
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Mel Duncan was always a peace-loving man, but the light bulb really turned on and stayed on in 1999 during a visit to Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in southern France.

“He told me that my job was to enter the heart of my enemy,” Duncan said of the exiled monk, the only man the late Martin Luther King Jr. ever nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

“We are beyond the place and time where we can pick sides,” Hanh said that day. “The stakes are much too high. We have to proceed from an understanding of oneness.”

The words stuck with Duncan, a former campaign organizer for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone.

“What he said sent me on a journey to challenge the dualistic way of seeing the world — us versus them, right versus wrong, good versus evil,” he said. That year, from the spare bedroom of his Como Park home, Duncan hatched a plan to create a “nonviolent peace force” with the help of friends and associates from Minnesota, across the country and overseas.

Read more: Nonviolent Peaceforce wins Nobel nomination for its nonpartisan aid in war

Press Clip Source: Sudan Tribune 
Date: January 4, 2016
Written by: ST
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January 4, 2016 (KAMPALA) - At least 13 children who had been separated by the violent conflict in South Sudan were reunited with parents at the end of December last year.


According to the United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF), over 3,300 children have since been reunited with their parents in the aftermath of the civil war in the different part of the country.

Among those who joined their parents, UNICEF said, were Khan, Delanga and Nyakuar. The trio from Akobo county of Jonglei state were reunited with their parents last week.

“As the UN helicopter takes off, Khan whispers to his sister that he’s scared. She replies that he’ll soon see his mother and father again, for the first time in years. Then a big smile comes across Khan’s face as he looks out the window and sees the ground moving beneath him,” the agency said in a report.

Read more: 13 children re-united with their parents in S. Sudan: UNICEF

Press Clip Source: KFAI Radio 
Date: December 21, 2015
Dj:Siobhan (Shivon) Kierans
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On Mon, Dec 21st from 9-10 am CST, KFAI's TruthtoTell focused on Syria and the refugee crisis. Mel Duncan, Co-Founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and Director of Advocacy and Outreach was on the show.

Listen to the discussion with Tom O'Connell @kfaiFMradio. You can also share this page to further the conversation and donate to support Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Michelle Garnett McKenzie from The Advocates for Human Rights also joined!

Press Clip Source: Broadly 
Date: December 23, 2015
Written by: Lucy Draper
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An ongoing civil war has claimed thousands of lives in Africa's youngest state, but the Women Peacekeeping Teams are paving the way for a route out of conflict.

Mary Nyakhan Makuei is 38 years old and has seven children. She lives in Juba, the capital of South Sudan—the world's youngest country and one that has been struggling with a brutal civil war since 2013, just two years after it was first established.

But Makuei is not just a wife and a mother. Since April 2014, she has been a member of a women-only nonviolent peacekeeping force, working within her community to promote peace, combat domestic violence, and create a safe environment for women to simply live their lives as normally as possible.

Civil war broke out in South Sudan at the end of 2013, after the Dinka president at the time, Salva Kiir, accused his vice-president, who was from the Nuer ethnic group, of plotting a coup. Ethnic conflict soon spread across the country and despite several peace-deals—the last one of which was signed in August—violence continues to this day. As alliances shift and change, the situation becomes increasingly complex and intractactable.

Read more: Meet the All-Women Peacekeeping Force of South Sudan

Press Clip Source: takepart.com 
Date: December 9, 2015
Written by: Fellipe Abreu
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As herds of cattle come and go on a narrow trail across a row of huts made from straw, mud, and wood, they pass a boy of about 15 sleeping in a chair near the main entrance. He is wearing black pants, rubber sandals, and an Ethiopian soccer team shirt. In his lap: an AK-47 rifle folding stock.

We are in Ulang—capital of Upper Nile state, in northern South Sudan—a region dominated by the Nuer ethnic group, which is opposed to the government, the Dinkas. Such masonry construction is where the opposition is headquartered, and the boy is one of the bodyguards. The region, historically a stronghold of the Nuer, lived in relative tranquillity until May 2014, when it was attacked by Dinka troops, resulting in dozens of deaths. Soon after, Ulang militarized.

Civil war has raged since December 2013, and approximately 16,000 children have been forcibly recruited by government forces and the opposition, according to the United Nations. Although the country's government and opposition signed a peace treaty in August of this year—and both sides have committed to not recruiting children and young people as soldiers—the cease-fire has been neglected, and thousands of children continue to face the battlefield.

Read more: As Civil War Rages in South Sudan, Kids Struggle to Hold On to Their Youth

Press Clip Source: METTA Center for Nonviolence 
Date: November 7, 2015
Written by: Stephanie Van Hook
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On this page you will find several resources including a link to the webinar if you missed it; a follow-up Q and A with the presenters, and resources for further action.

Did You miss the webinar? Here it is.

Q and A with Dr. Nagler: Here.

 

Q&A with Professor Galtung:

1. I was intrigued to hear you mention our patent system — U.S.? or more broadly western? — as an example of how our individual-centered economic system differs from the “sharing” or community-centered economic system of sharia law. I’ve heard that there’s a similar difference between our use of interest-bearing loans and a ban on usury under sharia law. Learning more about both of these differences and any others there may be like them, especially anything that helps to explain how we came to ignore so-called externalities, i.e. our environment, in financial transactions will be of great interest to me in my seeking to understand how our economic system called capitalism has come to fail us in terms of guiding or not guiding us to treat each other and our environment with all due care as well as respect. Please comment on this if you wish and refer me to any resources you think would be helpful to me.

Read more: Nonviolence and Terrorism: Webinar

Press Clip Source: Cape Cod Times 
Date: November 30, 2015
Written by: K.C. Myers
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PROVINCETOWN — The crisis in Syria feels far from the splendor of Land’s End Inn, an icon of eccentric luxury that provides panoramic water views at the Cape’s tip. But on Dec. 4, the owners of the 18-room polygonal guest house will be hosting a fundraiser for an international nonprofit group that helps civilians during violent conflicts.

Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, will be performing at the event for Nonviolent Peaceforce, which is at work in the Philippines, Myanmar, the South Sudan and Syria. The fundraiser takes place during the townwide festival, Holly Folly.

If you’re wondering why Yarrow and the interests of an international peace group are converging in Provincetown, it’s simple to explain.

Stan and Eva Sikorski, who have owned Land’s End Inn since 2012, have a 25-year-old daughter, Natalie, who works for the Nonviolent Peaceforce in Beirut. She has set up the office and helped develop the program there to assist Syrians living among airstrikes by several countries, including France and the United States, as well as Syria's own civil war.

Read more: PROVINCETOWN - Folk icon headlines international aid benefit