Henri Pierre Koubaka

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Africa Day 2017 was a colourful and inspiring programme of speakers, music and African foods. Held at UK - UPF HQ on Saturday, May 20th, Africa Day's ideals assembled speakers from across the continent. The audience gathered were from all over the world attracted maybe by Africa's colour and enthusiasm. A video was shown of Africa Day being celebrated in New York with the former UN Secretary General HE Ban Ki Moon. ( Link to All Videos )

 

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Genocide Genocide

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On April 20th Universal Peace Federation (UPF) UK held an annual genocide awareness event. The Video Link is here.  Two important issues were raised by several people: 1) That different groups of activists in unrelated genocidal incidents can support each other to achieve recognition by the international community. 2) Awareness of the typical stages of genocide improve the chance to take pre-emptive measures to prevent mass killing. Please see The Prisma article, 'A Genocide Does Not Just Happen, We Allow it to Happen' by Marcos Ortiz Finch, about the evening. 

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Ruth Barnett

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 T.S. Eliot, (in Four Quartets) said that humanity cannot bear too much reality. Humanity certainly cannot face the reality of genocide. Why am I interested in Genocide? As a child who escaped the Holocaust by coming to England at age four on the KT, I live with 1.5 million children murdered by the Nazis because they were not rescued. How many brilliant musicians, scientists, leaders of all kinds have we lost in my generation. One of those 1.5 million children might have made much better use of the chance of rescue than I ever can. So I do what I can to raise awareness of the truth about genocide. 

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Carlo Zaccarelli

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In the West Country at Cleeve House, the third event in a series of ongoing one day Universal Peace Federation (UPF) leadership seminars was held on Saturday 18th March 2017. The title of the seminar was “True Family Values and a Peaceful World”. (Photo Link)

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IWD

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We were very sad that people lost their lives or were seriously injured yesterday, particularly the unarmed Police Officer who was killed at a gate I have passed by many times. Those hurt were from many nations including the US, France, Romania, South Korea as well as the UK. The incident happened just before 3 pm. We were to have the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International Women’s Day (IWD) event at 5.30 in Parliament passing through security from 5 pm. Some of our guests went early to Parliament and were held inside Parliament for several hours in lock down with all the Parliamentarians and their staff. We had to change our event to Lancaster Gate and catch as many people as possible very quickly when we heard the news. We had a wonderful programme commemorating International Women's Day. 

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Syrian Refugees Meet Up

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For over a year now we have heard much about Syrian refugees, their suffering and amazing journeys; some at the risk of their lives and others losing their lives on the way to Europe. We saw devastating pictures of unaccompanied, lonely children whose parents could not make it! We have always been wondering “what it is like for the children, young couples, teenagers, and larger families to be uprooted from their homes?” and then coming to a completely different and unusual milieu in Europe and now England. Most young people cannot speak English. Besides their normal suffering they are missing their food and culture and their own homes.

Read more: Syrian Refugees Visit to UPF