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Thousands March for peace in Ghana

Thousands March for peace in Ghana

If you slap me and I turn the other cheek rather than retaliate; I choose peace.
If you speak ill of me and rather than confront you I walk away; I choose peace.
If you curse me and I bless you instead; I choose peace.
If you break me and I pick up the pieces and rebuild; I choose peace.
As the saying goes you can break my skin but not my spirit.
Everything I do; I do by choice.

Peace or war is a matter of choice.
I choose peace for myself and the generations yet unborn.
A week to the crucial December 7th Ghana general elections and I pledge to be an instrument of peace rather than hate or war.

I have just one home.
Though I have been all around the world, Ghana is where I call home.
And if I desire anything this Christmas, it is the gift of peace.

Let’s give peace a chance in Ghana; Let’s choose peace.

May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with Ghana and all who dwell in her now and forever.



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 1, 2010 by Marian Toure

Some 5years ago when I was in Ghana, I took a walk almost every night and didn’t feel afraid for my safety but that has completely changed. Two months ago a friend of mine was robbed with a machete and a loaded gun by a gang whilst driving home after 11pm by some Nigerian and Ghanaian armed robbers. He tried to escape but wasn’t lucky – as he backed up, his rear tire got caught in a pot hole [more like a death trap] which shut the engine off and he was left at their mercy. They managed to flee with an obscene amount of money which he had received earlier that day to clear a car from the Tema Harbour. But for the mercies of God, Ebo [surname withheld] wouldn’t have lived to tell his tale. These armed robbers use guns which according to reliable sources can be traced back to the National police service and armed force. How desperate can one get that he will betray his country and oath of office. Does it ever occur to these people, that the robbers could turn on them and their own families in the future??? Selling AK 47s registered to the Government of Ghana to people who intend to wreak havoc on its citizens? Unthinkable!

In a very twisted way most Ghanaians feel justified when they kill a thief or armed robber. I live on the other side of town—towards McCarthy Hills in Accra, where a thief was left for dead on the streets for stealing a car battery just a few days before Christmas. I must say the news saddened me because I felt the punishment he received was rather harsh and no one deserved to be beaten to death irrespective of the nature of their crime. But my 70-something year old grandmother put it into perspective for me, “he will kill you to rob you or escape if he has to so it’s his life or yours, you choose”, she said. “God forbid something like that ever happens to us grandma”, I exclaimed. I guess she is right but life is a precious gift and I don’t believe anyone should take it but the maker – armed robber or otherwise.

Fulani nomads are destroying farms and raping woman at gun point in broad daylight with AK47s and cutlasses in the Ashanti Akim district of the Ashanti region of Ghana. Who is responsible for tackling crime in Ghana??? How can freaking Nomads ride camels into Ghana and take over a spot and rule it? I have never heard any group of Ghanaians going to Europe or American or even a neighbouring African country to disrespect its citizens like that. Even Nick Thatcher, a British and son of former Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher and his co-ops decide to take over Guinea-Bissau because it had resources they needed? I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around that and how the court case started and ended. I always thought borders and boundaries were there for a reason.
Wake up people! Wake up Ghana!!! Wake up Africa!!!

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