Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Malabo: Day of Non-violence and Peace

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea.
On January 30th, at Our Lady of Africa School, Malabo, the Day of Non-violence and Peace was celebrated with various actions. This celebration is observed since 1964 on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1948. UNESCO recognized it in 1993. The need to educate for tolerance, solidarity, respect for Human Rights, non-violence and peace is celebrated.

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“Justice, love, and peace are the program", Saint Pedro Poveda

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The school invited Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (Carmelite Missionaries), which is in the same neighborhood. The students and teachers began the day with a prayer for peace. At the end, teachers and students went out as messengers to announce peace in the neighborhood.

During the week, different people gave their testimony on their efforts to build peace. All the school children reflected on their testimonies and developed posters, mandalas, stickers and pendants that decorated the school and that the messengers of peace distributed through the main streets of the neighborhood.

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In Campo Yaoundé, neighborhood of Our Lady of Africa School, violence has grown lately. The people thanked this gesture and joined the school in different ways. 

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They also distributed a pamphlet containing quotes on peace from Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Teresa of Calcutta, and Pedro Poveda.

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The organizers expressed their desire for this experience to “have served to change their heart a little more and make it grow in simple gestures of peace, smiles, thanksgiving, and forgiveness.”

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