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Building peace, not monuments

 |  Reihana Robinson  | 

As I understand it when the soldiers returned from the First World War, they were asked by the government how they wanted the horror to be commemorated?

They said they wanted libraries so young people could be educated and learn about other people and how alike we all are so that sons and daughters do not blindly follow military leaders, and never have to go to war again.

Sadly, the government didn’t listen and chose instead to build stone monuments in towns throughout the country. Twenty-one years later the Second World War killed millions…one of our allies – Russia, sacrificed 26 million people to defeat Nazi Germany.

At the simple respectful ceremony in Hahei 2014, the atrocities of the Vietnam war were also mentioned regarding the ongoing effects of Agent Orange on our soldiers. Shockingly, today there are still Agent Orange deformed and disabled babies being born in Vietnam.

Project Renew, an organization run by an American Vietnam veteran Chuck Searcy helps not only to de-mine the Quang Tri region, but they also support work programmes for seriously deformed Agent Orange victims born without limbs, without eyes. You can support Project Renew at renewvn.org

Peace takes a huge effort and without an independent foreign policy, we are struggling uphill to ensure peace for the future. As individuals, we do what we can to end Palestinian genocide at the hands of the Zionist war machine supported by our government.

As citizens of Aotearoa, we have no enemies. In the spirit of the Anzac soldiers, let’s keep educating ourselves so our nation can become a peace leader.

As I understand it when the soldiers returned from the First World War, they were asked by the government how they wanted the horror to be commemorated?

They said they wanted libraries so young people could be educated and learn about other people and how alike we all are so that sons and daughters do not blindly follow military leaders, and never have to go to war again.

Sadly, the government didn’t listen and chose instead to build stone monuments in towns throughout the country. Twenty-one years later the Second World War killed millions…one of our allies – Russia, sacrificed 26 million people to defeat Nazi Germany.

At the simple respectful ceremony in Hahei 2014, the atrocities of the Vietnam war were also mentioned regarding the ongoing effects of Agent Orange on our soldiers. Shockingly, today there are still Agent Orange deformed and disabled babies being born in Vietnam.

Project Renew, an organization run by an American Vietnam veteran Chuck Searcy helps not only to de-mine the Quang Tri region, but they also support work programmes for seriously deformed Agent Orange victims born without limbs, without eyes. You can support Project Renew at renewvn.org

Peace takes a huge effort and without an independent foreign policy, we are struggling uphill to ensure peace for the future. As individuals, we do what we can to end Palestinian genocide at the hands of the Zionist war machine supported by our government.

As citizens of Aotearoa, we have no enemies. In the spirit of the Anzac soldiers, let’s keep educating ourselves so our nation can become a peace leader.


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