Painting with Desire of Peace Heal the Scars of War

Angel Bright Academy in South Sudan Opened “Peace Painting” with International Youth Peace Group (IPYG)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) caused by brutal violence from war is not unfamiliar word for South Sudanese. Those who survive from war still suffer from the bitter, tragic memories of losing families and friends.. To provide an opportunity to cure the wounds and reconstruct peace in the community, African Inland Church(A.I.C.)secondary school in cooperation of International Youth Peace Group (IPYG) held a “Peace Painting” event on June 22 with 30 participants including students and teachers.

One of the main participants, Emmanuel Lobijo Justine, Founder of Junub Open Space said that “Arts heal internally, allowed us to imagine deeply. Working collaboratively in order to make one piece, makes us understand each other much better. The thing that I looked forward to this event was discover the hidden talents of the Students and support them. “

This peace event reminds people of harmony and coexistence in our global community, which are the core values that we as global citizens acquire through our life time. With the theme of ‘Arts to heal the scars of war and violence’, we seek peacebuilding through developing peace as a culture, as designated in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).”

IPYG advocates the international network of and role of youth in peacebuilding while recognizing civic participation and contribution to global peace. Designating respect on international law, religious and ethnic freedom, and developing a culture of peace by citizen participation, the DPCW addresses international cooperation for peacebuilding. Drafted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN ECOSOC-affiliated NGO, the DPCW is currently gaining support from civil society organizations and intergovernmental organizations.

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