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Faith-based organizations call for ceasefire to protect people from COVID-19

Faith-based organizations call for ceasefire to protect people from COVID-19

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12 May 2020

The Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide issued on 11 May a call on all parties to lay down arms, institute an immediate ceasefire, and ensure humanitarian access in order to protect people from COVID-19. “As faith-based organizations engaged in life-saving humanitarian assistance, development work, and community empowering advocacy, we do not believe that war and violence can ever be the solution to the challenges we face,” the statement reads. “We seek justice, peace and reconciliation for all, and especially during this time when the world is experiencing an unprecedented pandemic.”

The call is for immediate cessation of hostilities in ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Cameroon, Colombia and the many other countries that face armed conflict.

“We call on people of all faiths and of goodwill worldwide to advocate for peace and justice, and in solidarity, support the most vulnerable who are facing significant threats to their lives and livelihoods from COVID-19,” reads the statement. “Inspired by our faith values and motivated by our humanitarian calling, we stand ready to support efforts for a global ceasefire in order to stop the pandemic, while preserving lives, dignity, and justice for the most vulnerable.”

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