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Day 24: Ria Kulenovic

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Ria Kulenovic
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
11 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

Dear Ms. Kulenovic,

My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to an active, passionate movement within the Church of the Brethren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus in our everyday lives. I am writing to you as part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write over the next year to community leaders and public figures about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.

I’m sure that you remember the 276 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Roughly three-fourths of those girls belong to the EYN. In fact few groups have suffered from the violence in Nigeria as severely as the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.

However, it is not only the suffering of the EYN that make their story so remarkable, but also their courageous response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been steadiest and faithful in promoting peace and active nonviolence, despite their horrific trials.

In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN have consistently responded with far greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they must be beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence. They have become leaders in working to restore community, dialogue and the dignity of all Nigerians, even when it means great sacrifice.

These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.

I hope you will learn more about the EYN and partner with them in their ministry of reconciliation. The EYN represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but as their own safety deteriorates, they need our help and partnership to make that possibility a reality. Please, consider what you and your organization can do to act upon this situation in a way that will promote a sustainable peace.

With thanks and the love of Christ,

Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289
eeldred@andrew.cmu.edu
814-502-8349

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