Various 'brands' of peace in day 1 of youth camp

21 July 2017 - The first day of the Mindanao interfaith youth peace camp concludes with the participants’ representation of their brand of a ‘just and lasting peace’.

A delegation of 70 youth leaders from Northern Mindanao, SOCCKSARGEN, Davao, ARMM, and Caraga regions gathered at Suyo Beach Resort in Naawan, Misamis Oriental for the Pax Ganern #PeaceGoals2 Camp organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR), Inc., with support from the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC).

The program commenced with a situationer of the Marawi Crisis and the Bangsamoro story discussed by Ms Aida Ibrahim of Tindeg Ranao. The said talk drew mixed reactions from the participants. Some expressed their support to the Martial Law as they feel safer with the law. Most of these participants come from the bigger cities far from Iligan City. Others, however, felt that the situation is teaching the youth a culture of violence as the environment pushes the younger generations of Maranaos to fight and defend themselves against the growing stigma.

In the afternoon, a World Café was facilitated to workshop on the concept of peace in the context of Martial Law, Marawi Crisis, and the displacement of Lumad in their militarized communities.

The coming days will focus on discussions on media literacy vis-a-vis peace and conflict resolution. There will also be trainings on important interventions in conflict-affected communities such as psychosocial sessions for children, and documentation of human rights violations and abuses. The peace camp will conclude with a visit to a community hosting home-based evacuees of the Marawi Crisis.

The first edition of the camp was held on February 9-11 this year in Malaybalay City with around 40 participants who also discussed about Philippine social realities, war, and peace in Mindanao.###