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Love in the Face of Violence

Twenty鈥恠ome years ago, Ron and I sold everything we owned and flew off to Africa. We landed in Southern Sudan [鈥

Pam Ferguson is co-pastor with her husband, Ron, of Winchester (Ind.) Friends Meeting.

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A Quaker Speaks from the Black Experience

The history, role, and involvement of African Americans in the Religious Society of Friends have been subjects of long鈥恠tanding interest [鈥

James Fletcher is a member of College Station Worship Sharing Group in Houston, Tex. He is treasurer for American Friends Service Committee, and has served extensively with AFSC, Friends World Committee for Consultation, and other Friends organizations in work in the Republic of South Africa. He is co-founder of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent (FFAD), and co-author of two books, A Quaker Speaks From the Black Experience: The Life and Collected Works of Barrington Dunbar and Friends Face the World. This essay was adapted from a speech to FFAD in April 2006.

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Nozuko鈥檚 Story

Fall 1999, Singisi, South Africa It鈥檚 an ordinary autumn day. The chilling wind announces the impending arrival of winter, snapping [鈥

Susan Winters Cook is a former member of Mullica Hill (N.J.) Meeting. From 1981 to 1997 she was a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News. She traveled to South Africa several times between 1988 and 1994 on her own, partially funded by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, to document Quaker development and empowerment activities as a response to apartheid and then during the intense time of transition from apartheid to democracy. She began documenting the HIV/AIDS situation in 1995, then returned to South Africa in 1997 permanently. She started a provincial-based AIDS education periodical Ubomi (Xhosa for "Life") in 1997 out of a realization that "the people who needed the information the most were those most at risk—and that was the rural poor." She writes: "The real tragedy of AIDS in South Africa for me was, having seen what the parents endured and sacrificed to ensure a better future for their children, to discover that many of those young people would not live to accept that gift of freedom."

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The Heart of My Enemy: Rwandan Friends Rebuilding after Genocide

If, for example, you see your children being killed by machetes and that stays in your mind, that can cause [鈥

Laura Shipler Chico is a social worker who works for the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams as advisor for Friends Peace House's Trauma Healing and Peace Building programs. She lives in Kigali, Rwanda, where she is part of a small worship group. In 2004, she biked from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco while her husband, Matthew Chico, ran the distance on foot to raise awareness for Friends work in Rwanda.

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Speaking across the Divide: Cecile Nyiramana at St. Louis Meeting, June 29, 2005

Cecile Nyiramana, secretary to the legal representative (akin to general secretary) of Rwanda Yearly Meeting, visited the United States as [鈥

Thomas Paxson, a member of St. Louis (Mo.) Meeting, is a member of the Working Group of the African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams.

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A Visit to Kamenge AIDS Clinic

On January 19, 2005, I visited the Kamenge aids clinic in Bujumbura, Burundi. The program is run by Friends Women鈥檚 [鈥

David Zarembka is coordinator of African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams. A member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, he is sojourning at St. Louis (Mo.) Meeting.

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Obtaining a U.S. Visa in Uganda

After the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) summer workcamp in 2004, several of the workcampers from Germantown (Pa.) Meeting had [鈥

Barbara Wybar is a member of Germantown (Pa.) Meeting. She has been a work camper with AGLI for the past three summers in Bududa, Uganda.

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