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23 Jul 2018 description

Quaker group releases study on election violence

Groundbreaking study and event connect international practitioners

Nairobi, Kenya: Today the American Friends Service Committee released a study on the causes of electoral violence around the world and best practices for prevention. Prevention of election violence is a major focus of AFSC’s work in the African continent, but increasingly a concern in the United States and other democratic countries across the globe.

25 Jan 2018 description

Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

09 Dec 2016 description

December 9, 2016- In marking International Human Rights Defenders Day, the undersigned organizations commend the work of all human rights defenders working for justice globally, stand in solidarity with them, and highlight the case of individuals and organizations focused on Palestine. Human rights defenders advocating and working on Palestinian human rights around the world are facing intensifying threats and are increasingly targeted for their work.

22 Sep 2016 description

AFSC strategic priorities in Burundi

Through 2018, AFSC is focusing its work in Burundi in three key areas. Working with people affected by war and violence—particularly women, youth, ex-combatants, returnees, and internally displaced people—AFSC is building the conditions for lasting peace and economic development.

Promoting community livelihood recovery, social cohesion, and trauma healing

11 Nov 2015 description

The end of AFSC’s Helping the Neighbors project is a new beginning for some of the young people who organized it.

Planning for this project started in September 2014 immediately after the Israeli war on Gaza. In August 2014, Palestinians living there endured fifty days of continuous shelling. They were unable to protect their children, their elderly parents, or themselves. They felt very helpless in this situation. The war left thousands killed mostly civilians. A great number was left injured, displaced or permanently disabled.

24 May 2015 description

Manal Hillis, 22, lives in Sheshaiyeh, one of many neighborhoods destroyed during Israel’s 51-day attack on Gaza last July and August. The attack rained bombs on the already fragile region, where civilians have been under blockade for eight years.

Manal recounts how her family came to flee their home on a July morning:

23 May 2015 description

AFSC and Quaker Peace Network stand in solidarity with the Burundian people to promote nonviolence in upcoming 2015 elections

Preamble:

American Friends Service Committee: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

16 Mar 2015 description

83% (Eighty-three percent) of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict there, a global coalition of humanitarian and human rights organisations has revealed ahead of the fourth anniversary on March 15.

Analysing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #WithSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organisations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

12 Mar 2015 description

Aid Agencies Give UN Security Council a "Fail" Grade on Syria

21 Humanitarian and Human Rights Organizations Say Warring Parties and Powerful States Have Failed to Implement UNSC Resolutions Leading to "Worst Year" of Crisis for Civilians in Syria.

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13 Jan 2015 description

Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, killing an estimated 222,570 people— many of them children arriving or leaving school—major challenges remain as the country slowly rebuilds.

06 Oct 2014 description

AFSC recently concluded a second workshop in participatory planning, dialogue, and conflict transformation for local authorities.

In Haiti, local peace networks are working to bring peace and security to city neighborhoods. Supported by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), they use conflict analysis and participatory planning to identify and address the roots causes of conflict.

10 Sep 2014 description

PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Ericka Chutan, 17, is a member of the local peace network in Ciudad Real, a Guatemala City community with high levels of violence.

Ericka cites a culture of violence as a factor contributing to recent increases in violent killings of women; Guatemalan police report that 382 women were killed between January and August 2014, and 627 women were killed in 2013.

22 Jul 2014 description

“Burundi has gone through war. Burundians fled, left everything behind, many lost their lives, anarchy reigned. … In the hearts of those who stayed back and those in the bush were severe pains. Blood had been shed and could be felt everywhere. This made everyone wounded.” —opening to “Life after conflict in Burundi: Socio-economics and trauma healing”

A new documentary film featuring five Burundians shows how healing from trauma helps make way for rebuilding community in the wake of protracted violent conflict.

15 Jul 2014 description

Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.

11 Jul 2014 description

Military actions by all parties must stop. Since 2009, history has shown that military operations have failed to bring peace and security for people in Gaza and in Israel.

Over the years we have repeatedly called for ceasefires and for all sides to protect civilians from harm. Sadly, these ceasefires have not lasted and we have had to revert back to life-saving relief and emergency programs, aiding innocent people to cope with the trauma, and rebuilding Gaza time and time again.