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Culture of Peace

The Issue: AFRICA

Violence has shattered countries of Africa, their peoples and their lands. This violence has caused the destruction of resources and has led to famine, disease (HIV/AIDS), and genocide. Two examples:

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter. LEARN MORE

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 24.5 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2005 and approximately 2.7 million new infections occurred during that year. In just the past year the epidemic has claimed the lives of an estimated 2 million people in this region. More than twelve million children have been orphaned by AIDS. Source: AVERT.org

We pledge to:
Give a voice to the experiences and needs of our Dominican family in Africa;
Foster responsible investment in Africa which promotes peace and the welfare of peoples and the land;
Maintain a link with the Dominican Alliance Africa Committee to disseminate resources to the rest of the family.

Things you can do:

Question your political leaders about HIV/AIDS in Africa. MORE HERE

Participate in World AIDS Day, December 1st, which promotes awareness and advocacy.

Ask your congregation or province leadership about investments which promote peace and welfare of peoples in Africa.

Related Links:

World AIDS Day

Joint UN Programs on HIV/AIDS

What the US Bishops are saying about Darfur

What the US Bishops are saying about HIV/AIDS in Africa