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Arms Trade Treaty – Defining moment in moving towards a world of peace

May 9, 2013
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Syrian refugee Photo: Caritas

When 154 members of the United Nations General Assembly, including Canada, voted in favour of a universal Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2nd, 2013, it was a historic step towards instilling a culture of peace worldwide.

Palestinian Territories: International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 28, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Children in Gaza City suffer poverty, exclusion and fear. Caritas Jerusalem believes recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations will pay peace dividends both sides of the border. Credit: Katie Orlinsky/Caritas 2010

The recent violence in the Gaza Strip was a stark reminder of the fragility of peace in the Holy Land. Caught in the crossfire, civilians suffered many losses and injuries over the eight days of fighting. Although there is currently a ceasefire in place, the population continues to experience the humanitarian impacts of living in a conflict zone, where violence can erupt at any moment, and insecurity is a constant shadow that looms over the potential for a better future.

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Back to Blama, Sierra Leone

June 20, 2012
Trevor Cook, Program Officer for Africa

I first visited Blama in November, 1989.  It was my first trip as a program officer for Development and Peace.  After visiting the Pastoral and Social Center, where Development and Peace was funding an impressive leadership training programme called D.E.P.

Joint peace initiative by Muslim and Christian groups in Northern Nigeria

January 23, 2012
Trevor Cook, International development programs officer for Nigeria

The BBC reported on Monday, Jan. 23 that both Muslim and Christian residents of Kano, the northern Nigerian city where at least 160 people were killed in a series of attacks on Friday, have been urged to heed a day of prayer.