I was awake at dawn this morning. I love that time of day. The rising sun is like an inspirational tonic. It radiates peace and hope.
I had a brief chat with the Universe and told it that I didn’t seem to be attracting any life changing events yet, although I was being really positive. I said I would try harder and went back to bed.
As I was deciding what time I might stir my stumps on this Bank Holiday Monday and go and do something significant, I read that a group of women on the other side of the world had gone the extra mile in what they said was a symbolic act for peace.
Yesterday thirty international women peacemakers from 15 different countries, including 81 year old Gloria Steinem, walked with Korean women from both the north and the south of the country, calling for an end to the Korean War. North and South Korea are, technically, still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty.
Gloria Steinem and South Korean peace activists march along a military fence at a checkpoint after crossing the border separating North and South Korea.
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The group had hoped to walk across the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the Panmunjom “Truce Village,” instead they crossed from North Korea in a bus flanked by South Korean military and police cars. At a press conference, one of the women, Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland peace activist and Nobel Laureate said
“This is about human relationships, this is about us seeing our common humanity in each other”
This act of solidarity to walk with the Korean women did not go entirely smoothly as it might have as they encountered some heckling from South Korean protesters and this comment from a former MP, Lee Don-bok, a former MP, who criticized a visit they made to Kim Il-sung’s birthplace.
“I don’t like the way these ladies participate in this kind of propaganda event,” he said. “They are useful idiots for the North Korean regime.”
Not very nice Lee Don-bok. Anyway my day, which started off with positive feelings of peace and hope, rather paled into submission. I ended up walking round the potato fields when an 81 year old woman walked to promote peace in a country that for so long has been divided by war. Now, she is an inspiration.