MONROVIA, 23 September 2019-SOS Children’s Villages Liberia on the 21st September joins the United Nations family to celebrate world Peace day. The International Peace Day is celebrated on the 21st September annually. The celebration of peace day is significant to SOS Children’s Villages Liberia given Liberia’s past history. SOS Children’s Villages Liberia use the occasion to teach young people the
importance of peace and how to love and care.
“Indeed after 16 years of unbroken peace and stability, we must not be relax but continue working for peace by avoiding those attitudes and things that has the ability to bring disunity and conflict. Let us strive to learn lessons of the past,” says Mr. Nehmah Yeanay, SOS Children’s Village Monrovia Local Alternative Care Coordinator.
SOS Children’s Villages Liberia was officially written by Kinzan Khan, Peace one Day campaign Manager to be part of a global network of youth activation project marking the International peace day. Peace One Day was founded by Jeremy Gilley based in the United Kingdom.
For the first time ever – record young people committing to Peace Day across all 193 UN Member States. #PeaceDay193 is Peace One Day’s New Youth Focused Campaign that provides opportunity for young people to be the face of peace in their country.
Violence and conflict is, again, on the rise and young people in Yemen, Syria, and other part of the world is not having the peace so urgently desires. Worsening conflict, have exacerbated the challenges of hunger, poverty, ill-health and exploitation. Peace One Day is an amazing project that gives young people the platform to speak to world leaders on the importance of peace and climate change.
This year, the theme for World Peace Day is “Climate Action For Peace”. The decision for SOS Children’s Villages Liberia to join forces with other nations to observed this day is indeed logical.
International Peace Day was first recognised by the United Nations in 1982. Just like many popular or international days, the Day is getting popular around the world as many people participate every year to share quotes and messages of love, peace and harmony among their friends in and around the world.
South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize awardee Desmond Tutu once said, “If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” United States former President Ronald Reagan said “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” And Mahatma Gandhi also lamented “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
On Peace Day project, on the 21 September this year, compiled 193 photos of young people from around. The photos from each country were gathered and used as an artistic installation at the official Peace Day celebration, in London.
Written by Joseph J.B. Joboe, Brand & Communications Coordinator-SOS Children’s Villages Liberia