Wider View Archive
Reconciling Truth on the Road to Peace
The challenge of addressing victims’ claims continues to surface in the analysis of the peace accord discussions. How can an agreement be reached when there are victims of all armed actors wanting reparations, justice, and truth commissions?
Home sweet home?
But sometimes, as was the case with Kenia, nobody awaits them and no one knows where they belong.
A Historical Commitment to Caring for the Least of These
The author of Hebrews writes, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:1-3) God calls His people to love the stranger and to show kindness to the widow and orphan. In response to the high numbers of deportations separating families, coupled with the inability of the U.S. Congress to […]
Forgotten Faces of the War
When I visited Lebanon earlier this year, I met with a Syrian refugee family living in a cold, unfinished building.
You Don’t Have Rights Here
Alicia,* who witnessed her mother’s murder and feared retaliation from local gang members, made the dangerous trek from Honduras to the U.S. with her two children, ages three and ten-years-old in August. She was detained. She told U.S. Border Patrol officers of her fear of returning home. “I cried, I said I couldn’t return to my country. Sometimes you are so afraid…” Two days later, Alicia was deported. What about Mary and Joseph, who were fleeing a place where their sons life was in danger, similar to Mateos story above? Mateo* ran a small business in Honduras but went bankrupt […]
Building Strong Health Systems Must Be a Priority
3,500 people have died as a result of the current Ebola outbreak. By way of comparison, more than 600,000 people die from malaria every year.
Mennonites join the Peoples Climate March
On September 21, an estimated 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March in New York City ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit. Merv Horst, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, and Lawrence Jennings, Infinity Mennonite Church, helped to organize the participation of several dozen Mennonites, including groups from Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, and Ontario, Canada. Jennings, a member of the committee that organized the march, initially focused on outreach to African-American churches of various denominations, realizing how communities of color in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by climate change and how those impacts compound existing health and economic […]
Ala hadi al-ard (On this earth)
For two weeks this summer, when you approached Lajee Center, Mennonite Central Committee’s partner in Aida Refugee Camp, the sounds of children laughing and clapping to music as they learned dabke —a traditional Palestinian dance—for a moment drowned out the sounds of oppression. Aida is a United Nations refugee camp north of Bethlehem in the West Bank, one of many camps established for the more than 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes in 1948 by the founding of the state of Israel and still not allowed to return. By most accounts, this summer has been one of the worst there […]
The Winding Road from Camps to Villages
Elie, and others, still hope. “Today you are in a camp,” said Elie with a slow grin. “Tomorrow I would love for it to be a village.”
Reflection: Few are guilty, but all are responsible
We are not responsible to simply assign blame and guilt—that would only deepen rifts that prevent a peaceful resolution. But we are responsible for the physical and emotional violence that continues to happen.