Published September 15, 2014 by TATENDA

I once watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DVg2EJvvlF8 and read these lyrics http://victoriandramaqueen.wordpress.com/2006/07/25/no-wars-will-stop-us-singing/ . As l decided to write this blog, l had them in mind. Imagine a world with no war, no countries, no borders and everybody being a people with Dreams, with something to give. A world at peace and in harmony.

When l came to study at Monash South Africa, l met two guys, one from Rwanda and another one from Burundi. I remember them telling me their life journeys, the environment they grew up exposed to and all the hardships there ever can be. They are both Rwandan genocide survivors and they have seen it all….families being killed, schools closed, hospitals vandalized, women and children being raped and their age mates being turned into child soldiers (some to seek revenge and some being forced to). I remember ever since that semester l vowed to become a Policy Maker. I used to hear such stories in news or seeing it on the internet but getting to hear such stories on a first hand and one on basis really moved me. I really want the world to react to global wars and conflicts. They are real and they affect millions. The moment l am sitting down here writing this blog, hundreds of girls are being raped in Sudan, some other hundreds are dying in Syria and Ukraine, millions of refugees are scattered across the globe, child soldiers are being recruited in the Congo and more and more schools and hospitals are being destroyed. WHY??? IS THERE NOTHING THE WORLD CAN DO?? WHEN WILL WE STOP MAKING MORE AND MORE WEAPONS AND START BUILDING MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AGRICULTURAL TOOLS OR CLEANING THE OCEANS??

I was reading Kegley & Blanton’s book World Politics the other day (again after 3 years) and l remember a quote they had in there “Global conditions provide constraints and opportunities for international decision making and color the degree to which both an actor’s internal attributes and individual leader preferences can account for the choices made.” It is us as a people who have power to change the order of the world. If the global condition these two authors mention is WAR, then what will young people grow up thinking. What type of decisions would they make when they want to resolve conflicts….LET THERE BE PEACE ACROSS THE WORLD.

As a World Merit Agent of Change and someone who recently got selected as the Young & Dynamic (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Dynamic/708187435918156 ) global ambassor, l believe it is my duty as a young person to educate others, write petitions and fight against the major distracting force to development, growth and success which is WAR and GLOBAL CONFLICT. Wars should not stop us from going to school, accessing health care facilities, growing up with our families and above all smiling. It should not be a normal thing for a 3 or 5 year old to hear sounds of helicopters, machine guns or cries of those suffering. I want this blog to serve as a reference point for our generation and future generations. We should re-examines our own failings and rather than keep on surviving in despair, we should tell the tale of all the screw ups we have made and construct new ideas of promoting PEACE.

Here is a small message from one of my Business Management class to the world:

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