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Making Peace with Isis.

 Dear friend,                           Making Peace with Isis.                                                            First I want to say I do not condone what Isis is doing. It is more than very wrong. The following is to help us understand what created Isis, what makes people join them and to find a good solution. Is doing the same old thing using bombs working?  It seems it clearly is not bringing peace, but mushrooming creating more deaths and hate toward the USA . What if Isis was bombing your town and killed your son, mother or brother? Then suppose a group formed to fight and stop that killing. Would you join them? Inevitably when we use drones to kill leaders many daughters, mothers or brothers are killed or injured. Therefore are we not encouraging relatives to join them?  Here are bombing results. Several years ago our US military provided health care, shelter, food, and jobs for the Iraqi people. They did this in caring ways as a part of our mil

Nigerian Peacework by a good friend

Widows From the Violence: Finding Healing in Mutual Support by Peggy Faw Gish Naomi & Hope among the most vulnerable of the victims of Boko Haram, are the women in Nigeria who have not only lost their homes and family possessions, but also their husbands, and have to find a way to care for themselves and their children alone.  In my three months among them, I have met a number of such women, but three, I have come to know more personally. Naomi  One-year-old “Hope” crawls around on the floor of the reception area at the headquarters of EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in Jos.  She has a quick smile and inquisitive face.  Every time she heads toward the door to the outside steps, Naomi, her mother, gets up and catches her just in time.  Naomi was working as a secretary at the former headquarters near Mubi, when Boko Haram attacked there on October 29, 2014. She and her daughters, Blessing (18) and Hope (1) fled with throngs of othe