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Sunday, December 05, 2004

On Darfur and Khartoum in the Sudan

A story is at BBC online today about the Thai government who have begun peace bombing by dropping an estimated one hundred million paper origami birds in an unusual peace bid:

"The birds are being dropped by military planes over the country's Muslim south after a surge of violence in the area.

Ordinary Thais across the nation have folded and written peace messages on the paper cranes in a campaign devised by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

As the birds fell to their targets in the provinces, school children rushed out to collect them and seek the notes inside.

Some students constructed giant nets stretched across school yards to capture the paper cranes.

There is great interest in finding one paper bird in particular - as it has been signed by the prime minister himself.

Mr Thaksin has promised that the student who finds it will win a scholarship."

Great idea. Here's wishing someone would 'peace bomb' Darfur and Khartoum. In a post over at the Passion today, I've suggested we start a campaign there to raise funds to pay the Thai government to 'peace bomb' the Sudan for us, the citizens of the world :)

The birds are meant to sow peace, harmony and goodwill, officials say.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 12/05/2004
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