Before I get to today’s letters, several news sources reported today about a potential ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. The ceasefire could mean the release of the Chibok schoolgirls (many of whom belong to the EYN), and possibly even an end to Boko Haram’s hostilities.
I think it’s important to recognize that there have been several reports of ceasefires in the past, and they haven’t panned out. So far, this ceasefire hasn’t been verified. However, some factors in these latest reports give some indications that this ceasefire is a possibility.
Regardless of whether there is a lasting ceasefire and the girls are released, this news means I have to try that much harder with my letters, and it means that you should be reconsidering what you can do to get involved. If the violence stops, even briefly, Nigeria needs stable, present organizations like the EYN working to restore community and counteract the systemic causes of violence that linger in all war torn places.
The EYN possesses the capability to do what no military operation can: address the evil that causes violence, rather than focusing on the evildoers that practice violence. That’s the only way to build sustainable peace, and that’s why I’ll never stop advocating for the EYN. Nigeria needs the EYN now more than ever.
With that in mind, today’s letters go to:
US Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Peace and Justice
Ruth Conniff – Editor-in-Chief, The Progressive
The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
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