Friday, June 18, 2010

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)

We have witnessed with shame the horrible events that occurred in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and even here in Kenya. Thousands of Africans have been killed and displaced, women raped and forced to live as sex slaves, property destroyed and communities displaced.
As a Kenyan, and as an African woman, I can affirm that whether it is here in Kenya or in Darfur, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Central African Republic or in Uganda, the need for justice is universal. The ICC is bringing us hope that we can finally see the fulfilment of the right of the victims to learn the truth, to see the perpetrators of these crimes tried, and to receive reparation. The only reason we might fear ICC is if we are guilty.

-- The 2004 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, Dr. Wangari Maathai (above left), in an op-ed, which she published yesterday in the Nairobi-based Daily Nation, reflecting on the work of the Kampala International Criminal Court Conference. (credit for photo by Martin Rowe)

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