Embracing Diversity to Build Peace

By Hiba Antoun, Generations For Peace Volunteer and Pioneer Facilitator If values were described by colour, we would see a broad spectrum, ranging from one extreme to the other. When light passes through, these colours stand out, symbolising different interests. Being the youngest member of my family was challenging, especially since it was accompanied by low expectations of what I could achieve. As a result, I have always felt the urge to prove that accomplishments do not come with age. It also intensified my passion to shine a light on the many… Read More

Global Goals for All Humanity

By Mark Clark, CEO of Generations For Peace United Nations “2030 Agenda” and the Sustainable Development Goals: the contribution of Generations For Peace and the importance of partnerships On his first day in office, on 1st January 2017, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres pledged: “Let us resolve to put peace first”. That was a powerful opening statement making clear and direct the importance of the linkage between peace building and development at the heart of the mission of the United Nations. Indeed, the United Nations 2030 Agenda which sets out 17 Sustainable… Read More

Uganda – “The Pearl of Africa”

By Vignesh Ramachandran, Communications Intern In 2012, Uganda was propelled into the international spotlight following a viral video and online campaign #Kony2012. It called for US intervention and global attention to the war crimes and child soldiers of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Five years later, LRA forces have receded and global attention on Uganda has dissipated. But what has been done about the inter-tribal and inter-religious conflict and gender-based violence that has plagued the country since the retreat of colonialism in the 1960s? Uganda is home to… Read More

Crossroads and Encounters

Isra'a

By Vignesh Ramachandran, Communications Intern Mafraq means crossroads, and it is at the crossroads of many things. Mafraq is this mixture of western town meets Mars-like desert, without all the colour. Its beige buildings seemingly melt into the pale brown desert background under the harsh summer sunlight. Its sparse population was once a trading post at the intersection of highways: Iraq in the east, Syria to the north, and Amman in the South. Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, almost 80,000 Syrian refugees now call Mafraq home, and Mafraq appears once… Read More

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Aya in Lebanon

Sarah Squires, Senior Communications Officer at Generations For Peace Lebanon accommodates over one million registered Syrian refugees; however, the exact figure is estimated to be much more. The country has long played a major role in hosting refugees, dating back to 1948 when many Palestinians fled during the Arab-Israeli conflict. At present, the total number of registered Palestinian refugees living in the country is approximately 450,000. As a result of continued regional tensions, Lebanon faces tremendous societal, economical and political pressures. Today, Syrian refugees struggle to access healthcare services, education and employment… Read More