I am working steadily on the inception of my new project with HATCHFUND, sending out dozens of emails and notices in Facebook. Please help me get the word out and find donors for this worthy project. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of the sadness and grief people feel who have lost home and loved ones through the travesties of war.
Relevant to this project is the latest world news, which I listen for on NPR BUT STRANGELY ENOUGH I
HAVE HEARD NO MENTION, TO DATE….
Reuters January 4, 2014 posting states this re. The Situation in Syria.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in nearly three years of conflict. Two million refugees have fled abroad and another 6.5 million are internally displaced within the country of 23 million, the United Nations says.
The war pits Sunni rebels against forces loyal to Assad, from the Alawite faith which is an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam, and has divided the Middle East along sectarian lines, with Sunni states such as Turkey and the Gulf monarchies backing the rebels, and Shi’ite Iran and Hezbollah supporting Assad.
Western reluctance to intervene militarily in the conflict – in contrast to the rapid NATO involvement in Libya in 2011 – has been heightened by concerns about the growth of al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim groups in rebel areas of north and eastern Syria.
Their spread inside Syria has been matched across the border in western Iraq, where ISIL has tightened its grip in the Sunni Muslim province of Anbar.
The group also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in southern Beirut which killed five people on Thursday, saying it was the start of a campaign targeting Hezbollah.
(Editing by Rosalind Russell)
(Reuters) – An international peace conference for Syria will begin on January 22, the first direct talks between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels seeking to overthrow him, the United Nations said on Monday.
Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, said the goal was to agree on a mutually acceptable transitional administration as well as the other elements of an outline peace plan drafted by the Western powers and Russia at Geneva in June last year.
“It is a huge opportunity for peace that shouldn’t be wasted,” Lakhdar Brahimi, Ban’s special envoy for Syria, told a news conference in the Swiss city, where the long delayed face-to-face talks should take place in eight weeks.
Syrians and diplomats have few illusions about how hard it will be to end a civil war that has killed over 100,000 people since 2011, driven over a third of the population from their homes and divided the country among rival and often religiously driven factions with an array of competing foreign sponsors.
January 22 is an important date. I’ll be listening for the resolution of some of these concerns through this meeting, won’t you? Send prayers of healing for this situation.