The Charta of Peace was conceived in September 2017 by a group of 100 young people from 25 countries all over the world after an experience of volunteer work in Madaba, Jordan. Here we had the chance to come into contact with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. We became aware of all the struggling and suffering that the refugees have faced since the beginning of the conflicts that are affecting the Middle East.
The Charta’s main goal is to bring Peace in the Middle East. We aim to do this by promoting awareness on the situation that refugees are facing. We want to operate concretely to ensure that refugees come back to a decent life in their homeland. The decision of immigrate to another country should not be something that you are force to do but instead something you have the freedom to choice.
We need to reaffirm faith in the fundamental human rights to save the future generations from the scourge of war. We need to adopt conditions under which the respect of the other promote social progress and better coexistance among different people.
We are the Youth and it depends on us to make a change. We must encourage each other to live together in Peace as neighbours and to unite our strength to maintain international Peace and security by accepting the cultural differences.
The Charta of Peace was born by the collaboration of three international associations that after having experienced the Youth Peace Forum in the Middle East, they gathered together to discussed about Peace. The experience began in Jordan with a group of 100 young people from 25 different countries who had volunteered with a local comunity and the refugee population from Syria and Iraq. Through the encouters we have felt the necessity to engage a practical tool to testimony the importance of an effective action for the resolution of conflicts.
Since 2011 we are facing in Syria one of the biggest armed conflict in the world. The result nowadays counts milions of refugees and displaced people and more than one million deaths.
From 2014 when the Daesh had arrived, most of the population who lived in ninives valley and north Iraq were forced to emigrate and leave their homes. It is more than 35 years that there is not Peace in Iraq.
From 2012 freedom and safety are not guarantee to the citizens in Egypt who was one of the first country who faced the Arab Spring.
More than 67 wars are counted in all over the world.
We appeal to the all governments of the world for a prompt response of conflict resolution, mainly in Middle East, giving the dignity and the humanity back to all refugees in the neightbour countries.
We appeal to the citizens of all over the world to be aware of those massive conflicts and the consequences that come from them. The repercussions hit and compromise the entire world not just those countries who are in war.
We appeal to the Youth to be Peace promoters and to be aware that it is upon on us the responsability to make courageous choices against a warfare policy.
We appeal to the organizations, associations, majorities and foundations to make own this Charta of Peace to be able to promote Peace Education.
We appeal to the religious leaders to be an active tool and promote Peace and the
coexistence among people and different countries.
Our main desire is the end of conflicts. We want to allow refugees to come back to their country. It’s not only about weapons and economical and political interests. War is dead people and absence of freedom. War is people running away from their homeland – from their future, their hopes and dreams. War with all its consequences is affecting millions of people all around the world and its impacts are dramatic. Injustice, sorrow and misery should not be the words that define our lives.
From our experience in Madaba we know that living in Peace is possible, we are witnesses that this mission is truly realizable. We have lived a week in Peace. We are Europeans, Jordanians, Americans, Syrians, Iraqi and many others. We learned that together we are stronger despite our different backgrounds and mindsets. What divides us is what unites us the most. From our experience we have learnt that it is possible to live in Peace if there is the willing to do so.
Our definition of war
War is a way of conflicts resolution that often seems the most immediate and definitive way to solve problems. However, its consequences, in our time, are immense and impossible to account for. War is killing peoples. It’s killing families and forcing others to leave their countries. War is spreading disease and hunger. War is preventing several generations of people from getting education and this has a huge impact in the present and future of humanity. The consequences of war are not just local. They are, more than ever, global.
Why we don’t want war. Why we believe in Peace
War causes nothing but suffering and sorrow. By listening to refugees’ stories we became aware of the severe situations that war inflicts. These people are not involved in the causes of war. They are just the victims of it. They had to leave everything behind and instead of being citizens of their own country they are now refugees in a foreign land that, most of the times, don’t know where to go, what to do. They are trying to survive but they don’t even know how to rebuild their lives. We believe in Peace and that we can all live in Peace even if we are different, even if we don’t agree on everything, even if we have different customs and ways of living and thinking.
How war has affect and still affects our live throughout generations
We don’t want the new generations to grow up thinking that war is something that has always been existing. War has being disseminated in the past generations through history, word of mouth and misinformation. This affects the way people think and act. This should be changed by creating violence prevention activities that include national authorities and single citizens.
We need action to prevent war. National Governments, local authorities, private sector, civil society organizations and single individual citizens must do all in their power to prevent and stop weapons’ selling and must change the economical incentives to war. They should change their weapons’ selling and war interests into economical interests regarding Peace, development, education, creation of new opportunities for war-torn countries, in order to prevent violence and violent extremism.
From our experience in Madaba we understood how preconceptions, prejudices and lack of knowledge about the others can directly affect the relationships we build with each other. We believe that refugees can not be treated like numbers but people and this implies personal contact. This contact and these so needed relationships can not exist if we are not ready to accommodate the others, to understand them and want to live in peace with them. All these issues are related to our ability to integrate with people successfully. With respect to this we want to underline four points.
Many refugees suffer from medical psychological issues due to all the dramatic events that they have lived owing to the their involvement in the conflicts that have taken place in their homeland. We invite local authorities and national governments to acknowledge this situation and to ensure psychological and counseling support in all the regions that host refugees. It is also important to provide the presence of entities that can guarantee social and employment reintegration through a psychological support that can help refugees to fully comprehend their situation and to be capable of overcoming it.
The first step for a successful integration is to ensure that people are aware of who they are integrating with. We see integration as a demand both from the point of view of the hosting country and the people seeking for shelter there. We invite local authorities to promote knowledge and understanding between people through social preparation actions that allow people to learn how to relate with one another and to acquire essential skills to live together in Peace. We urge authorities to promote this actions in addition to the necessary supports and education that refugees need for a complete integration in the society. Employment is dignifying and is an indicator of a successful integration.
We want to encourage every single citizens of the world to see the others as a richness and as someone that can bring development, new ideas, skills, knowledge and economical growth to their country. For this purpose we want to prompt national governs and local authorities to take action in the establishment of special measures that allow them to leverage all the potential that these migrations represent.
During these days in Jordan we became conscious that the most important action that we can do once we’ll come back to our country is to raise awareness among the people that live with us in the everyday life. We noticed that in the western countries news are not reliable because they show just what they want to, and not the reality. Visiting refugee families has made us realize what they have faced, how they felt leaving all they love – their country, their family. All of this is not shown by the media and people around the world can’t even imagine that something like that is happening just few hours by plane from where they live. Misinformation and lack of understanding can bring people to create barriers. It is necessary to provide opportunity of dialogue and debates among different realities. That is how we can have the consciousness of what it is truly happening in the world.
Sign the Charta of Peace in order to make possible that the governments of all countries acknowledge the importance to a prompt response of conflict resolution and achieve it with practical actions with the aim to bring Peace, especially in Middle East. Every single citizen can sign the Charta. We aim to reach 50 000 signatures.
This Charta is a tool that we have to spread around the world to make awareness of what it is happening in the war-torn countries and the importance to take action to achieve our main goal: Peace. This is our responsability.
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