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We must end mass murder in the United States

Following the alarming increases in violence and murder in the United States, our US Executive Director, Elana Aquino reflects on the grief Americans are feeling as well as offer hope in recognizing and addressing the challenges as the nation moves forward.

The tragedy of Ukraine and the urgency of peacebuilding

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine is less than a week old and most of us have watched in horror as Russian tanks rolled into a sovereign country only to face the resilience and bravery of the Ukrainian people determined to defy the odds and push back the invading army. Many of us will be feeling a sense of dread that things will get worse before they get better, and that we are witnessing the most dramatic geopolitical tectonic shift in a generation. Almost all of us are feeling completely powerless.

Peace Cries Out

Peace Direct is proud to announce the first ‘Peace Cries Out’ event to celebrate inspiring contributions to youth peacebuilding on November 17th, 6-7pm EST. Special guests include Representative Grace Meng (NY) and nationally acclaimed slam poet Charity Joyce Blackwell, as well as youth peacebuilding leaders from around the world. 

In solidarity with the people of Afghanistan

Yesterday, Sunday 15th August, the Taliban declared that Afghanistan is now under their control. We are continuing to monitor the situation as it develops, and our thoughts are with all the men, women and children of Afghanistan who have been affected by the current situation. We stand in solidarity with all those who will be continuing to work towards peace in the country.

Remembering Henri

It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news that our friend and partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Henri Ladyi, passed away last night. Today, we remember Henri’s remarkable life and contributions to peace. In a country ravaged by cycles of recurrent violence, he always held on to hope. For over … Continued

Statement on violence against Palestinians and Israelis

Peace Direct calls for an immediate end to the violent attacks against Palestinians and Israelis. As peacebuilders, we have watched with horror, the devastation and death inflicted on the people of Gaza. We have also watched with horror the rockets launched by Hamas against Israel. Violence, whether inflicted by the Israeli Defence Force or Hamas fighters, is abhorrent and will never lead to a resolution to the long running conflict.