Headline Haiku: War Is Not Healthy (for children and other living things)

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memory fails to
stop enduring grief
daily
farewell
face death alone

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Two weeks ago the New York Times published a chart explaining some of the ways civilians have died in the Syrian War.  A little research online shows that in modern warfare it is estimated that 85-90% of all casualties are civilians (June 2014 American Journal of Public Health).  War also wreaks havoc on the environment, leading to more death.

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Some estimates of civilians killed in recent and ongoing conflicts:
Sudan-Darfur  200,000
Iraq  170,000
Syria  200, 000
Congo  60,000
Afghanistan  45,000
Pakistan  35,000
Mexico  50,000
Libya  30,000
Chechnya  100,000
Eritrea-Ethiopia  70,000
Sierra Leone  70,000

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There are not enough tears to encompass all this sorrow.

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26 responses to “Headline Haiku: War Is Not Healthy (for children and other living things)”

  1. DrawingConnections says :

    Your drawing with thread is a beautifully expressed reminder (and meditation) of the ineffectiveness of war as a strategy for peace. Thank you.

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  2. artandmoondreams says :

    Powerful, thought provoking, and emotionally piercing.

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  3. Jodi says :

    Haunting and powerful. (Sigh)

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  4. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Art is one of the strongest antidotes to that feeling of helplessness. And the combination of art and inconvenient information is most powerful of all. No one who sees your modern Pietà and reads those numbers (knowing they’re rising every day) can help being motivated to be part of the change the world needs. Finding solutions is daunting but it starts with the rejection of apathy.

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  5. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    (((((((Kerfe))))))) beautiful artwork here. Hold on to your needle, thread, pencils…….art will pull you through. 💛

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  6. Claudia McGill says :

    Deeply felt. That makes an impression, more than you know, I think.

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  7. memadtwo says :

    Very powerful.

    Like

  8. Sharon Mann says :

    Your art is a very dramatic statement of our world as it stands now. Thank you Kerfe for sharing your sensitivity to the human suffering of so many.

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  9. Teresa Robeson says :

    Oh, Kerfe, this was beautiful…a touching and poignant post (art and your writing) on the horrors of war. I would love to see this in a possible blog challenge for something like “Artists Against Wars.” Thank you for sharing this with us. ❤

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  10. kirkistan says :

    Wow. This touches me. Thank you, Kerfe.

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  11. JoAnn Chateau says :

    Surprising and powerful medium. The message really jumps over our protective barriers.

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