Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11/12

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" — Mahatma Gandhi, Non-Violence in Peace and War

THOSE OF US who were alive and conscious at the time haven't forgotten the tragic events of exactly 11 years ago today. The images are etched into our brains and the sadness seared into our hearts.

As we remember, mourn and honor, I suggest that we not limit our heartfelt feelings to only those who perished that day in acts of violence.

The number of documented civilian deaths from violence in Iraq from 2003 through 2011 is somewhere between 108,595 and 118,671.

As of March 2012, there have been 12,793 civilians killed in Afghanistan in the past six years.

In 2008 the International Rescue Committee estimated that the second Congo war which began in 1998 claimed the lives of 5.4 million people, half of them children, as a result of disease, starvation and violence caused by the war.

Various estimates of the number of human casualties from either direct combat or starvation and disease inflicted by the genocide in Darfur between 2003 and 2010 range from 10,000 and 300,000.And of course the list is so much longer than this. 

May we grieve for all of these and not just our own.
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