A War Silenced by the Globe
On October 13, 2015, six-year-old Fareed Shawky in Taiz, Yemen, and his friends were playing with a ball in his front yard as usual. Then all of a sudden, a missile was dropped to the house with a roaring sound and in a flash, his house was in chaos.
Fareed, with shrapnel lodged in his head was raced to the hospital by motorcycle. The boy cried out in a low voice shaking with fear by saying, “Please do not bury me.” Fareed was ultimately buried in a cold graveyard shortly after.
In 1994, the first civil war broke out in Yemen after Royalists of the existing reign was retreated by the coup by Republicans. Since then, great and minor scales of conflict occurred, and it led to a proxy war since the Shia supported by Iran and Sunni Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels were formed. According to BBC, this war is known as ‘Silence of War’ since the world major media paid less attention compared to the gravity of the situation.
The horrors of civil war in Yemen
By a statement of the UN, 2.6 million Yemenis, approximately 10% of Yemeni population became refugees after losing their homes. Also, patients are not given proper care and people have been exposed to polluted water since hospitals and sewage plants were destroyed during the long-term disputes.
Efforts by International Society to overcome the damage of war in Yemen
The United Nations held a ‘High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen’ attended by senior figures in 60 international organizations and NGOs from 72 countries in Geneva on 25 April 2017.
They highlighted the severity of the situation caused by civil wars and stressed the necessity of resuming conversation among all the parties for peace and recovery of stability through the recognition that only political intervention is the answer to settle the disputes.
Some experts emphasize that the fundamental approaches are necessary to put an end to repetitive conflicts.
“Along with binding mechanisms including international agreements and legal framework in the country, creating a culture of peace that promotes the mindset of peacebuilding through the participation of all sectors is of tremendous importance to achieve immediate ceasefire and sustainable peace,” emphasized Mr. Ian Seo, general director of department of public relations, HWPL HQ.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC advocates global campaigns for conflict resolution through the cooperation among states to establish respect of international agreements, promotion of religious freedom and ethnic identity, and spreading a culture of peace through education and media.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) drafted by HWPL designates the aforementioned provisions and has been introduced in governments and international governmental organizations.
“Increasing the national defense budget and the military power of some countries will have an influence upon other countries.
Furthermore, these things will continually threaten the world peace. We support all the laws that limit the proliferation of armaments and contribute to the promotion of the world peace,” said Mr. Ayoub, Chief of Improve Your Society (ISYO) in “Piece of Peace” held in Sana, Yemen with 160 participants from 5 NGOs.
Mr. Hrant Bagratyan, the former Prime Minister of Armenia, said “The DPCW will be a good instrument against extremism, terrorism, war, and associations that will be a good base for the sustainability of peace” regarding the DPCW.
“We all have to support what we have to do with the same hearts. It is for living. Will you leave money and authority to our future generation who will live in this global village? There is nothing better than leaving a legacy to the future generation after achieving the world peace,” emphasized Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL.