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Peacemakers in Action Media Update, July-September 2011

Check out the latest media coverage of some of Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers.

Benny Giay, West Papua Indonesia

Benny tells us in emails that the situation in West Papua is precarious. Civilians are shot every day, and he is investigating the death of a pastor who was shot in August. He is busy preparing a peace framework to integrate into the Christian education programs at his church. He is also negotiating with the Indonesian police and security officials, trying to mediate the conflict with the Papuan independence movement.
 
Read this article for more information about the conflict in West Papua, and to read about Benny’s concerns for the security of his church and his own personal safety.
 
 
Betty Bigombe, Uganda

Betty’s plate is full as the woman MP of Amuru district and Minister of Water for Uganda. Click the links below to read about her actions on some of the most recent issues for her ministry and her district.
 
Two new profiles of Betty’s work negotiating peace with the LRA are also available online. You can read more in the links below.
 
 
Chencho Alas, El Salvador
 
Chencho’s work with the Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica has been focusing on Honduras lately, where tensions have simmered since the coup in 2009 and a land dispute has escalated violently. Read more about the current situation at the New York Times.
 
You can also follow all the latest news from Chencho at his new blog.
 
 
Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, South Africa
 
Nozizwe and her NGO, Embrace Dignity, forge a new approach to ending prostitution and sex trafficking in South Africa, challenging both the pro-legalization lobby and the “moral right.”
 
 
Rabbi Menachem Froman, Israel/Palestine
 
Read about the July housing protests in Israel, and hear Rabbi Froman’s thoughts in this article and video.
 
Rabbi Froman visits Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, at the end of Ramadan and states his support for Palestine’s bid for statehood with the United Nations.
See a photo of Rabbi Froman with Abbas here:
 
After a mosque in a West Bank community was burned in retaliation for the demolition of several Jewish homes, Rabbi Froman visits the community to condemn the retaliation and call for peace. He is joined by members of Eretz Shalom, a settlers’ peace movement. Find the article and video below.
 
Check out the video below for Rabbi Froman’s thoughts on numerous issues facing Israel and Palestine today.
 
 
Canon Andrew White, Iraq
 
Andrew recently returned to Iraq from Beirut, where the High Council of Religious Leaders held another conference. Participants reaffirmed their commitments to achieving peace through dialogue, rather than military efforts. FRRME hopes that these talks will build the momentum for grassroots dialogues, and increase the sense of unity in Iraq. Challenges still remain, however, and just days after the conference, 22 Shia pilgrims were killed in an apparently sectarian attack.
 
GodTV, a Christian television channel, recently spent time with Andrew and his church, St. Georges. Check out the special they produced online.
 
Andrew was also interviewed for Christianity Today and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Read about those interviews below.
 
 
 
Sakena Yacoobi, Afghanistan
 
Check out these recent videos of Sakena. First, hear her address the World Forum Foundation, on her work in Afghanistan and the effect of poverty on children. Then, listen to her acceptance speech at the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame induction, giving her perspective as a businesswoman.
World Forum Foundation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIt2NNrK3UE

Enterprising Woman – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_B396BjNoc&feature=related