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Sierra Leone News: On International Peace Day… “Fight for just and peaceful society!!!”- YPB urge youths

Herbert Bangura

Herbert Bangura

As the world commemorates the International Peace Day (IPD), the Executive Director for Young Peace Builders in Sierra Leone, Herbert Bangura has called on youths around Africa to fight for a just and peaceful society.
He made this call in his peace address granted to this medium on Wednesday 21st September.
Speaking on the theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”, he stated that the theme was coming at a time when their leaders were making verbal commitments towards ensuring the implementation of the UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security but with extremely little or no action to back their words. “Instead our political systems are structured in such a way to demotivate young women and youth participation in governance and decision making processes.”
He went on to say, as an organisation, they did not see the International Peace Day as a day for celebration but rather a time for reflection and a moment to revive their hopes in their very abilities as young people, with the power to change the dynamics of their current systems.
Citing incidences of violence in the Koinadugu and Kono districts in Sierra Leone, as well as similar incidences in other parts of Africa, Herbert noted that “the many unbearable challenges faced by our
young women and girls within Sierra Leone, African and the World are not in any way helping to achieve the sustainable development goals”.
“Despite all these unfortunate incidences, we cannot falter in doing what is right by helping one another and standing up for what is right because we believe that this is the right path to go if we must
ensure respect for human rights and dignity”.
He noted further that IPD “must remind us all of the brutal experiences we’ve had in the past and the very challenges that the world is now facing that poses a serious threat to our common humanity.”
In the midst of those challenges, Herbert however called on youth in the various regions around the world, who seek to build peace, voluntarily serving their communities and risking their lives to survive; those within conflict zones which were created by some selfish leaders; that they must never give up the fight for a just and peaceful society.
He pleaded with young people to continue on the path of peace and be an emblem of peace, by staying away from violence and activating their strength in building a solid foundation that every nation may rely on.
By Edna Smalle
Thursday September 22, 2016

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