Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Creating a refuge from violence Comments 0

Friday, April 11th, 2014

We live in a violent society. You can see it in popular movies, our favourite sports, the occasional spectacular act of violence that captures our collective imaginations. Wondering if David Bain did it is still a national hobby; I’ve even chatted about it over a flat white and scone at morning tea. Somehow, it’s an easy conversation. Read more

South Sudan: First impressions Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

First impressions aren’t always accurate. But in my first days here I have been struck by the extent of trauma people have experienced – and real worries that the violence that has rocked South Sudan since mid-December may not be over. The capital of Juba is calm, but it is only “outwardly” so, one of Read more

Injury at College was not as a result of bullying Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Last month A 12-year-old student was injured in a game of lunchtime bullrush at Viard College in Porirua, Wellington New Zealand. Principal Ms Teresa Cargo said, “This particular incident was not bullying – it was a reaction to an over-aggressive tackle,” The school has responded by banning bullrush, and has asked staff to be extra Read more

Ukraine: A spiritual journey in political guise Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Ukrainian priest

The recent events in Ukraine are not what many news sources, even respected ones, imagine them to be. First, Ukraine was not a battleground where Russia and the West were hammering it out. Indeed, 99% of what was taking place on ‘the maidan’, the central square in Kyiv, was based on issues internal to Ukraine. Read more

Uphill struggle against misogyny in India Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

My heart grieved after reading the story of the young American woman who was stabbed to death by her Indian husband of five months, who subsequently killed himself. It grieves for all the young girls who are forced to remain subdued because of the threat of rape or sexual violence – abuse explained by some Read more

Ukraine Bishop anoints blinded protestors Comments 0

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A Catholic bishop in the Ukraine, February 19, visited a hospital to give the sacrament of the sick to protesters who had their eyes shot out by rubber bullets, reports the National Review Online. The bishop’s pastoral visit came after at statement by Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, stressing that Read more

Nation on brink of genocide as world looks the other way Comments 0

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Bossangoa Central African Republic

A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way. The humanitarian emergency in the Central African Republic (CAR), a landmass bigger than France where the average male life expectancy is 48, remains a blind spot for most of the international community. Samantha Power, the US Read more

33% of NZ Children blame drugs and alcohol for violence Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A global study conducted by ChildFund Alliance shows that more than a third of the 1000 New Zealand children surveyed said alcohol and bad behaviour were the two main contributors to violence while just under a third said drugs were among the main causes. Professor Sally Casswell of the Whariki Research Centre at Massey University Read more

Mother offers forgiveness to son’s attacker Comments 0

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The mother of a young man who died, after being brutally assaulted in central Auckland, New Zealand, has already forgiven the man accused of causing the injury that to ended his life. Her son, 25-year-old Tarun Asthana died Monday 4 November, two days after suffering critical head injuries in an unproved attack outside a McDonald’s Read more

Burma’s religious conflict Comments 0

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Religious persecution of Muslims in Burma has resulted in bloodshed and displaced entire communities. But grassroots initiatives have also emerged to counter the hatred. Ashin Issariya appears unassuming, but the quiet demeanour quickly changes when he has something to say. In the pre-dawn light of Burma’s nascent reform process the Buddhist monk and former Saffron Read more