Making Peace

Through the peaceful and tranquil company gardens in Cape Town, people chatting and children feeding squirrels, this is what many risked their lives for – World Peace.

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I came across this exhibition celebrating the centenary year in which the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB).

A tribute to the people who – all over the planet – devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace.

The exhibition is divided into 5 areas seperated by colours, from Disarmament and Non Violence to Environmental and Sustainable Development, all reflecting information about  prominent figures dedicating their lives to these areas of peace.

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A brief description of each person is also provided for more information from Madiba to Ghandi and others, people who have influenced this world in a positive manner through their work.

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I was particulaly amazed by the pictures taken, it is saddening to see how peace is a daily struggle in many countries with wars raging between countries over basic human resourses, appreciation set in when I saw the following picture. Be grateful for the little things in your life.

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“Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society” – Muhammad Yunus

I was also happy to see a mention of Malala Yousafzai – a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province of
northwest Pakistan, where the
local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international
movement. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_YousafzaiAs young as she is she should be an inspiration to each and everyone of us promoting education and peace.

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I found the following a little upsetting though seeing that the ANC are celebrating their 103rd birthday this weekend and the announcement of the Matric results in South Africa with a drop of 2.4% nationally there are still people who feel the need for vandalism as a form of voicing frustration –

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– sad reality, we do not all share the same opinion on certain situations but public information like this sharing positive messages should be preserved for all to enjoy.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.

Let peace flow through your heart and let it be proclaimed from your mouth.

Peace, Love, Respect and Unity.

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