The Broken Rifle

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Stories from our Movements


The Broken Rifle is where we share in-depth news and reflections from across our movements. We haven't published this resource for a while, but we're looking forward to bringing you new stories from across the world from now! In a slight change to the format, we plan to publish shorter editions of The Broken Rifle on a more regular basis. To find out how to contribute to future editions, please see the information at the bottom of this email.

In this edition, find a reflection from Efat, a member of WRI's Asia Peace network; Milan, whose herding community is resisting a NATO training site in Montenegro; and Jungmin, who shares what her organisation World Without War has been resisting war and its causes in Korea for decades.

Our next edition will explore experiences of the violence in Israel/Palestine, and how movements are responding. If you would like to submit an idea for The Broken Rifle, write to with a short outline of your proposed article.

Efat Abulfazil is a young peace worker from Afghanistan. She grew up during the war time in her country. She is a member of Afghan Peace Volunteer- a group of mainly young people that promotes peace, nonviolence and local solutions for healing and rebuilding communities and humane values. She is also a member of Asia Peace Network- a recent WRI initiative.

In my country, there is a saying: "a hornless ram does not fight with a horned one", which is advice to avoid a fight when your opponent has a significant advantage over you. We have something similar in the biblical story of David and Goliath, which portrays adversaries of unequal strength.

World Without War is a member of War Resisters' International based in South Korea, and is one of the most successful pacifist and antimilitarist movements in Asia, taking action on issues such as the arms trade, ending mandatory male conscription and activist empowerment. This year, WWW is celebrating its 20th anniversary by celebrating its achievements, reflecting on its challenges, and envisioning the coming years/decades. To mark this occasion, we interviewed front-line activist Jungmin Choi.