HPRT Director and Harvard Professor Richard F. Mollica invites you to respond to his manifesto, Healing a Violent World, to help bring an end to world violence. In ongoing video broadcasts, Professor Mollica and leading world authorities from science, media, politics, as well as citizens from affected local communities, will constructively recommend feasible solutions to human violence and environmental destruction.
You are encouraged to join the community inspired to action by Healing a Violent World. After reading the Manifesto and viewing the videos below, add your voice to the effort to make this global shift to peace and harmony. Use the “Respond to Healing a Violent World” link after the videos to email your creative responses to the Manifesto including writing, artwork, video, etc. Your work will then be edited and displayed here alongside Professor Mollica, Omar Bah and the beautiful poem by Professor Marjorie Agosín.
As the manifesto states, “…we do not give up our dream for a more loving and peaceful humanity. Seeing reality clearly means that in this new age of global communication the pain and suffering as well as the joys of each and every human person can be heard by every other human being….” Please listen, reflect, and to let your voice be heard.
You were there when the were killing them
You were there when they disappeared,
It was not an easy thing to bear,
I understand it hurts,
I know it’s painful
And I know this not because I heard,
But I was there with you
We shared the same pain.
We went through the same torture,
We suffered the same loss
But it’s time to change and move on
Because, we are a living witness
I understand you hate them,
You always talk about revenge,
But that’s not what I am about,
I had moved on so long now,
And so you should because,
Not every Hutu is my brother,
not every Tutsi is my enemy,
Not every Congolese my friend,
Not every Rwandan my enemy,
Not every black is my brother,
not every white is my enemy,
I am a man of peace,
And peace is my friend and my brother.
I will spread peace around the world
I will take no part in your revenge
I will take no part in your evil deeds
And I will never do the evil you want to do.
I have seen what you’ve seen,
I’ve suffered what you suffered
I’ve endured the pain that you endured.
But I don’t know what you know
And I don’t want to do what you do
And I certainly don’t believe in revenge
that You believe in.
I believe in God, love, peace and forgiveness
I have move on,
so long now, and so you should
I’m a living witness, now I know that…
And so you should be.
(c) Route to Peace 2008- Written by fbm Fidel Nshombo, email: email@example.com
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The Awakening Voice of the Manifesto:
“No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children”. This is a statement that, Rabbi Irving Greenberg made while reflecting on the deaths of million and a half Jewish Children in the holocaust.
Acts of genocide still occur in the world. It is an undeniable fact that as I am speaking to you right now, or as you are reading this script and/or watching this video, an act of violence and torture is taking place somewhere around the world that will eventually cause so many children, families and communities suffer consequences. And, today, in the United States, we are increasingly aware of other forms of attacks on so many children and young people, attacks that go on daily in our neighborhoods and even in our homes that are very traumatizing. Just imagine how it is like for children in other parts of the world. In alarming numbers, people who have turned to be adults our society today, have in large numbers themselves been abused and exposed to violence as children. Such abuses include painful episodes such as battery, sexual abuse, and generally emotional and psychological abuse. These people eventually become adults in many dysfunctional families of today. With the effort of many concerned citizens, in this new era of technology, media coverage of victims of various forms of violence, abuse and torture have begun speaking out. Thus, I see the HPRT manifesto as a giant leap toward breaking the original spell of violence and creating a roadmap for the victims to uncover the “LOST SELF”.
I believe it is time for our voices to join the movement of this “Manifesto” and those of oppressed victims in attempts at voicing concerns and speaking out loud. We need to put our efforts together to voice our concerns that will capture the attention of every nation, government, and politician. We need to urge them to stop using violence on their own people for their personal gains. It is time to advocate for a peaceful and harmonious world for the benefit of all people, groups, and nationalities. For me, an act of violence either through torture, abuse of a child, or the elderly, is an act against God’s will.
Dr. Mollica has therefore, through this ‘Manifesto’ offered the world a unique opportunity to speak out and contribute something for the liberation of all abused and tortured individuals. The manifesto invites all of us to be conscientious about such acts that have ranged humanity for so long. The manifesto also invites us to pay attention to, and recognize the fact that:
All abused individuals both adults and the little children and not so little ones who are now being abused and those children and adults who carry the scars of childhood abuse all too often pass them on to the next generations. This Manifesto is a call to action to any individual who cares about human life and would like to do something about violence in the world. Violence affects and disturbs all of us directly or indirectly. Therefore, we all share responsibility and must feel compelled to take action and do something against those that are using violence and killing and/or destroying millions of lives every day around the world.
Oftentimes, many individuals that are victimized by violence see themselves as victims, thereby carrying the label of ‘victim’ as their identity. We need to see these individuals as normal human beings without labels. We need to recognize the strength in them by giving them empathy and sharing their journey out of violence. We do not need to feel sorry for them but rather have respect and treat them with dignity. Such will harness their resilience and spring them into becoming survivors with great deal of strengths and voices.
The problems-Uncovering Our Lost Self
This great Manifesto is aimed at reducing the violence in our world and healing those that are wounded and traumatized. I believe we can’t afford to not look at this issue through the lens of the family system and parent-child dynamics to understand why there is so much violent in world and engage them in the process to find healing. We all know a good foundational family system in a nation is the key to success of any society. As a marriage and family counselor/therapist, and an experienced mental health clinician, it is my ardent belief that each individual and family has a unique way to stop violence at domestic level.
For many in the United States today, we see regular news reports of accounts of serious cases of child abuse of all forms. Television talk shows regularly feature interviews with victims of child abuse and violence, some of whom have themselves become abusing and violent parents. We hear of adults who throw children out windows, beat them to death, plunge them into scalding water, abandon them in trash containers, use them for their own sexual gratification, or exploit them sexually for financial gain. We are all too conscious of news accounts of child murder or cases of abuse and neglects that have led to the deaths of children.
Maybe many people are less conscious of the devastating effects of psychological or emotional abuse, such as the emotional wounds inflicted by adults who shame and humiliate children and young people and tell them that they are stupid, maladroit, lazy, wicked, good for nothing, worthless, cannot do anything right, or will never amount to anything. We are just beginning to develop a consciousness about systematic attacks on the self-esteem of many children. We can only guess at the numbers of children and young people who are victims of various forms of abuse.
At the same time as we are becoming more conscious of child abuse, our society appears superficially to be child-centered. Consumer goods aimed at children, parenthood are abundant. Many rich and poor alike see their children as objects to be controlled and modeled into obedient, respectful children, and later into successful, prosperous citizens. Some parents begin to plan for their children’s academic careers at birth, and many seem to value academic achievements more highly than any other aspects of childhood. Therefore, amid the high commercialization of goods to children, exhibiting of children, etc, how much do we adults really care about the children themselves? Imagine how many children are exposed to violent games and movies? How are we as adults ready to tackle all these social vices against children?
A Healing Path – Discovering Our True Selves
Just as the problems of racism or sexism or poverty does not reside in the person who is black or female or economically disadvantaged, so does the concerns echoed in this manifesto and the pursuit for resolutions to heal this violent world of ours today. The problem was not created by one individual and does not reside in one person to resolve it. The issue of violence is an adult-child problem and particular a problem stemming from the heart, mind and soul. The problem affects how we treat, care, perceive, respect, and communicate with all individuals, as well as how we raise, educate, and promote good values for our children.
Violence is a cancer that kills in the absence of proper treatment. Also, violence is the pollution of our human race and environment. Like much of the poison in the air we breathe, violence sometime can be visible and invisible. Nevertheless, adopting a silent attitude in the face of great violence means that our behavior toward the smaller, weaker, needier person is different from the way we would behave toward the same person if she or he were as rich and famous and strong, powerful as we are. We often say, “Stop acting like a child!” This is an expression of condescension. But when we recall the words of Jesus telling us the opposite: “Be a child”, then we have an attitude of a child, and act like one. I would therefore urge you to unleash from the depth of your heart the love for all people, and care for them, to even strangers, and give a smile to everyone. Give a hug of nonviolence, love, compassion and forgiveness; a hug that heals.
The Willingness to Risk and Gain
In conclusion, therefore, I wish to reiterate the importance of voicing concern for millions of silent victims of violence across the world. Every act of violent is also an abuse of power, and every abuse of power means contempt for the less powerful. Therefore, you may lose faith or may think this is an unachievable movement. But, as believer I remember that the bible said, “Jesus said to the rich young man’s plight, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God”. Mk. 10:27). The problem, as Jesus reminds us, is that we lack faith and vision. Therefore, it will take courage to voice your opinions and comments on this manifesto on behalf of millions of victims of violent crimes, torture and abuse. Have faith in this “manifesto” and dream of a world free of violence, tyranny, dictatorship, torture and abuse, where we all can serve as healers and where healing spirits reign.
(c) Rev. Dr. Abel St. Amour, MA. MS., Th.M., PhD. TF-CBT., BCPC,
Associate Adjunct Professor, School Of Medicine & Pharmacology – State University of Haiti.
Senior Mental Health Consultant to the Ministry of Health/MSPP-Haiti
National Executive Director, Rebati Santé Mentale, Inc.
Founded/President, Apoxee International Ministries, Inc.
Author: Beyond the Mission: A Guide for Pastoral Counselors on Traumatic Stress in Missionary Relief Workers.
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When a child asks, “How can I find a place
free of terrors?” and you hear terrors whisper,
just behind her, it would be false to say,
“There are no terrors here.”
There is a girl, half a world away, who drew a bullet
from her own head by reading stories.
Before the bullet, by wanting to read stories.
In a nearby room a child, perhaps your child,
may be reading a story. That girl, half a world away,
eases this child’s passage with her story.
To say, “There are no terrors here,”
when all around you hear them, is just another way
to add your voice to terrors whispering.
Make of your ears a place for stories
told by those still learning to read. You may
ease their passages, even hers, half a world away,
when you make a place inside yourself for stories.
© Matt Daly, 2013
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The 20th century has been an age of extraordinary human violence and environmental destruction. Can human beings make a global shift towards peace and harmony or will we continue on an apocalyptic course?HPRT director and Harvard Professor Richard F. Mollica has drafted a manifesto, Healing a Violent World, to bring an end to world violence. In ongoing video broadcasts, Professor Mollica and leading world authorities from science, media, politics as well as citizens from affected local communities will constructively recommend feasible solutions.You are invited to join the community inspired to action by Healing a Violent World. After reading the Manifesto and viewing the videos below, add your voice to the effort to make this global shift to peace and harmony. Use the “Respond to Healing a Violent World” link after the videos to email your creative responses to the Manifesto including writing, artwork, video, etc. Your work will then be edited and displayed here alongside Professor Mollica, Omar Bah and the beautiful poem by Professor Marjorie Agosín. As the manifesto states, “…we do not give up our dream for a more loving and peaceful humanity. Seeing reality clearly means that in this new age of global communication the pain and suffering as well as the joys of each and every human person can be heard by every other human being….” We invite you to listen, and to let your voice be heard.
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