INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW BUT PAINFUL PERSONAL REALITIES
Many parts of this complex world are experiencing armed conflict, war, combat. International Human Rights Law and related high level documents are important, as are efforts for humanitarian aid, emergency care, evacuations, services for refugees and displaced. But for WOMEN, rebounding off war and armed conflict initiated by men, the conflict crisis experience is very personal, exceedingly traumatic, often life threatening.
Words to echo the voices and emotions of women civilian victims of armed conflict, now and always, women wanting PEACE: “What does it feel like to experience your home, your dreams, even your family, evaporate in war, and for which you are innocent, helpless? What does it feel like to believe in social justice, human rights, dignity of woman and man and child, and yet starve, be displaced constantly, have no real citizenship or identity during conflict, lose all your possessions and yet protect the family as best you can…..to try to be strong outside, but inside feel pain, anguish, despair, tears…..tears!”