Annie Stevens Response and Global Awareness
1. I choose to respond to Inner Peace and Human Rights (1989) The Dalai Lama has shown that not giving up on your beliefs really can make people listen. I like how he says the "Peace can only last where human rights are respected". He also points of mental peace. I agree with this because no matter how much you want to be an advocate for peace it truly starts within or you will never be able to keep up with the criticism you may receive if you truly don't believe it yourself.
2.I am very concerned with the countries Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Serra Leone of Africa. War lords and military militias are so inhumane in these countries. The come into villages and destroy them. Innocent people are killed for no reason. They rape women and children and burn their homes. I can not imagination living in constant fear many of these people have everyday. There lives can be turned from peaceful to complete devastation in a moment. I hope one day that a positive leader can come into power and show that peace is really the best way. It affect American because of the influx of refuges into our country. Also shipping and the diamond trade. Diamonds are a huge start to the greed and power struggles in many African countries. Shipping is affected because ships must go many miles out of their route to avoid the East coast of Africa for safety reasons which in turn causes prices of goods to increase. We can respond by educating ourselves about the diamond and shipping industry. Not buying diamonds from countries controlled by warlords. I am guilty. I love my wedding ring, to think someone could have been in slaved or died to find the stone in my ring makes me really think.