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GUEST,Hille A Peace Pledge (26) RE: A Peace Pledge 13 Sep 01

I was always a "peaceful" person until I was moved (I was homeless with 2 small children) into a small neighbourhood where my peaceful presence was a constant (like all day, every day) invitation to the other people there who resented my presence because:

1) I had a job, thus a car 2) I kept my house and garden clean and tidy 3) I went to Church 4) I wore glasses 5) to begin with I had a social life that didn't involve sitting on my doorstep for hours at a time waiting a fight to break out 5) I respected the Law

After 2 and half years of constant abuse every time I stepped outside my house (and the house had a right of way right across the back garden past my back door so, there would be a constant circling stream of people casually kicking over my window boxes, damaging property, swearing at my small children, crowds of youngsters throwing eggs, stones, excrement, physically and verbally abusing my visitors and their vehicles (who stopped coming); after I twice pulled my 6 year old off the window ledge because he wanted to "die and live in Heaven where it's nice instead of living here"; after my 8 year old was on tranquilisers; after coming home from hospital having seen a friend die and being attacked;after I was on anti-depressants, after I lost my job due to the stress - after all that I was finally able to move to a lovely neighbourhood.

I would still have no compunction in using a inhumane killer through the space between the ears of most of those involved. Not only did they put nothing into the World except a lot of hate and negativity, I also stopped going out to do all the good positive voluntary work I used to do, having soup mornings as I had at my previous house, generally my life up until this point had been about serving the community and helping people - because I could not bear the aggression and abuse every time I opened my front door - they would line up outside and wait and if they got bored throw stones.

I tried every legal means to help myself - but the Police couldn't do anything if everything had stopped by the time they arrived, one time when I was beaten up when I opened my front door to ask them to go away the crowd outside told the Police I had started it.

This was a painful learning process for me - to realise that communication and negotiation just does not work with some humans, also that God didn't listen to any of my prayers and that in the end the only person who helped me was myself.

Being peaceful means being kicked by some people to whom ignoring them and hoping it goes away just indicates weakness.

Freedom comes at a price - but it's one we must pay if we want peace. (And by that I don't mean innocent people being bombed in retaliation) Hille

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