The peace march
by Francois Pan on May 3, 2015 - 7:47am
The Women are Coming, and They Mean Peace: Historic March Across Korean DMZ Announced written by Andrea Germanos. The article was published the 11th March 2015 on Common Dreams news website.
A group of globally influential women are organizing a peace march in Korea’s 155 mile demilitarized zone (DMZ) to promote peace and appeal for a reunification of North and South Koreas. Many prominent human rights advocates are participating in this march. Nobel peace prize winner Mairead Carrigan Maguire, human rights lawyer Patricia Guerrero, Korean history professor Suzy Kim will all join the peace march which will take place on May 24th 2015, the International Disarmament Day. In this solidary march, women from North Korea and South Korea will be joining hands with 30 worldwide-renown women pacifists to remind people of the Korean War during 1950 to 1953 which had taken four million Korean lives. Peace activist Christine Ahn, one of the leading promoters of this march wrote that the absence of peace treaty after the 1950 Korean War has caused six decades of intensive militarization effort from both governments. Also as the aftermath of the Korean War, many families were separated alive by the installation of the 155-mile demilitarized zone. This march will convey the message to Korean people that the reunification of broken Korean families is possible and the reestablishment of a peaceful Korea, attainable, expressed Chirstine Ahn in his statement.
As pointed out by Chirstine Ahn, a war can have ever-lasting consequences even decades after its closure. Broken families, traumatized veterans, destroyed habitats and much other irreparable damage are part of the aftermath of warfare. That is also why many socially aware people dedicate their life in repairing the social, environmental, cultural damage of wide-scale wars such as the Vietnam War. Among many organizations dealing with this issue, Sunnybrook Health Science Center is one of the largest veteran’s care facilities in Canada. It was established as a veterans’ hospital in 1948. SHSC not only provides physical, cognitive and palliative support for war veterans but also offer volunteer opportunities both for applicants who want to physically help patients in the hospitals and those who appreciate working as fundraisers.