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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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March 7, 2013

Rebuilding in Acheh

Peng and Dr RamaliDr. Rashila Ramali made a presentation at the Asian Pacific Women's Watch parallel event on the situation of women in Acheh.  She analyzed the use of international instruments by the government of Acheh after the independence from Indonesia in 1945 to the armed conflict from 1889-1998 and to the Tsunami of 2004.

One of the most interesting facts was to learn that there are different dotted colored rooftops of the houses depending who came to help rebuild.  There is no one organized agency in control. NGOs go into the country and deliver aid where they see a need by ...

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August 13, 2012

Seeking justice in Sri Lanka

In New York on August 20? Come and hear Herman Kumara speak about working for justice in Sri Lanka.

Seeking Justice in Sri Lanka
Herman Kumara
Director of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, August 20
12:00 – 1:30
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Conference Room
777 United Nations Plaza 7th Floor

Herman Kumara is the Director of NAFSO (National Fisheries Solidarity Movement), a fisher people's movement in Sri Lanka. NAFSO organizes fisher people to lobby the government to defend their rights and to bring good environmental practices in coastal areas. Herman is also ...

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April 4, 2012

Japan one year later - a first hand report from Rikuzentakata by Kiyoshi Murakami

by Peng Leong

Mr. Murakami gave a sad account of the losses and the disaster in Rikuzentakata, the town he once lived in.  There is the only one pine tree left standing of the 70,000 pines in the city.  It may not survive as the color is changing on the land that is now saturated with salt water.  The city called it the miracle tree.

Following the earthquake and the tsunami that hit his hometown, Mr. Murakami worked tirelessly to bring relief and rebuilding efforts.  The whole town was flattened after the disaster.  People remain missing. 

Mr. Murakami set ...

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March 22, 2011

On a rainy day . . .

. . . in New York town, I thought a lot about water. Recognizing the destructive power of water, I made a gift to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to care for those in Japan affected by the tsunami. Recognizing our dependence...

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March 18, 2011

Libya, Madagascar, Colombia, Japan

The UN Security Council has acted on Libya: Security Council authorizes ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians in Libya Madagascar remains plagued by political uncertainty: Madagascar still mired in crisis 2 years after coup Violence continues to displace people in...

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March 12, 2011

Worship resources for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Find worship resources in English and in Spanish for services reflecting on the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

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March 11, 2011

Presbyterian leaders call for prayer on Japan earthquake and tsunami

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1). The Psalmist’s words of lament resonate deeply during this season of Lent, but especially this day as we witness the destruction from the...

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March 11, 2011

Prayers for the people of Japan and the Pacific Rim

Please pray for the people of Japan and the entire Pacific Rim following today's devastating earthquake and tsunami. For those wishing to give toward relief efforts, watch for the response from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

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