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Ukraine - NFPB letter to UK government

The following was sent today to the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond:

11th February 2015

Philip Hammond MP
Secretary of State
Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street
London, SW1A 2AH

Dear Philip Hammond,

Ukraine

We are very concerned about the continuing and growing tensions and armed violence arising from the conflict in Ukraine. We wrote to your predecessor, William Hague, just under a year ago urging action that would seek to de-escalate the conflict.

Voices from the Ukraine and nurturing peaceful change

wall hanging at Newcastle Meeting House

At our final meeting of 2014, Northern Friends Peace Board members gathered at Newcastle upon Tyne Quaker Meeting House. A well attended meeting was joined by three young men from the Ukraine, who were all gaining experience in community work with children in the East end of Newcastle. They talked about some of the underlying causes of the protests that led to the continuing violent conflict in their home country, mentioning their own experiences of unemployment and corruption as well as participating in the demonstrations a year ago in Kiev.

Peace education - teaching another way

Manchester - peace education outreach day group discussion

It’s not unusual to begin events in a Quaker Meeting House with a period of silence, but that silence is not so often punctuated by the sound of a large gun. The Peace Education Outreach Day in Manchester was just a short distance from the war memorial in the city centre and took place on 11th November. Many Friends are looking for opportunities to share our concerns for peace in schools; the Armistice Day gunfire underlined the importance of doing this.