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Statement on International Peace Day

Statement on International Peace Day

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Uhuru Kenyatta statement on the international peace day
Uhuru Kenyatta statement on the international peace day

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Published by: H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sep 21, 2011
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International Peace Day Statement
Today, we join the world in celebrating World Peace Day. Today, we take thetime to contemplate the issue of war, the track that has marked our pursuit of peace and how the lack of peace, as it is usually understood, is an outwardexpression of an inner turmoil.As we reflect on what peace is, and how it can be achieved I would urge us, asKenyans, not to limit our definition of peace to only include the lack of physicalviolence and not to simply consider warfare as the presence of armed conflict.Since our experience during the post-election violence, most of us, Kenyans,have come out with a heightened appreciation for peace and an increasedawareness of its fragility. We have become desirous of peace. A peace that isnot advanced superficially with people simply advocating every now and thenfor it’s need but rather a peace that penetrates to the core of our nation andoverturns internal fear, disillusion and animosity that lead to war. A peace thaterases the often politically produced pencil lines that divide enabling us toview each other with compassion while maintaining that fundamental qualitythat allows for that same compassion-our ability to empathize.Today, as we once again resolve to strive for that peace we must recognizethat our pursuit of peace is a process that demands that we actively andaggressively deal with all underlying issue that lead to war. Though we do notneed to take up arms to deal with these issues we do need to give our all inseeking to deal with certain problems in our nation because- if we’re honest,the biggest, and indeed the only, battles we face in this nation-are warsagainst issues-not people. So let’s do the courageous let’s harness thatpatriotic drive and those fierce loyalties that are often manipulated toperpetuate violence and let’s war against societal ills. Let’s battle the povertythat attempts to bind our nation- that has millions of our people living in slumdwellings without access of proper sanitation and, as we recently saw, inhazardous conditions, let’s war against a situation where over 60% of theunemployed population are youth. Let’s fight against the apathy that seeks toarrest our conscience and morality.In our quest for national peace and in light of the disunity that we haveexperienced in the past, let’s individually and collectively begin to strugglewith ourselves. With our flawed humanity. Let’s struggle with it until we reacha point where we are able to listen to what the person who we may haveconsidered ‘an enemy’ or ‘a threat’ or ‘the problem’ believes so strongly in thatthey are willing to fight for it, and even to die for it. We need to stop reacting

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