Notes from the Half Marathon for Peace in Rome
It's only 7:20 am on a late Sunday morning and usually when I leave at this time of the day, the city is still asleep, as shown by the miraculously empty underground carriages offering a wide choice of available seats! This is not the case today: the underground is already packed with people: youths, families, elderly people, groups of friends, all wide awake and with something in common: everybody is wearing - yours truly included - sports clothes and running shoes.
The stop is the same for everyone - Ottaviano, in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome, not far from Saint Peter’s. In fact, in just over an hour and a half, the first edition of the Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis will start.
Located on the northern Central Kenya, Samburu County has communities that have preserved their culture up to date. Samburu people are semi nomadic pastoralists who heard cattle and move from one place to the other looking for pasture to feed their cattle. Walking around the county, one is in a position to experience the rich culture of the Samburu people. The refreshing Samburu culture has attracted thousands of people from all over the world.
Due to the rich culture of the Samburu people, many people would wish to go and experience the Samburu culture. From July 26th to 5th August, 30 young people and adults organized and went to live with the Samburu people for a period of ten days. During their stay in Samburu, they managed to learn and experience the real Samburu culture.
The young people visited the Samburu people in their Manyattas, cooked with them, went to collect water with them from the rivers, and cooked using the traditional way the Samburu people use. In addition, the group managed to interact with school children in the nearby schools, played games with them, shared their experiences to the students among many activities.
From the ten-day experience in Samburu, the young people came out with positive ways of looking at life. There were lessons learned from the Samburu people by this young people. Lessons that made them look at life from a different angle and in a positive way.
Looking at the world from the perspective of the United World Project, which is also a permanent and international observatory searching for and promoting "fraternal actions of individuals, groups, and peoples," we realized that last summer, our Earth was dotted and enveloped by innumerable actions to promote a culture of brotherhood. The promoters of these initiatives were many young people who - through various forms of workshops – worked hard to heal the wounds of the ‘suburbs’ of our planet.
We have already reported shortly about some of the workshops promoted in Italy (Rome and Syracuse) by the Young People for a United World, but here we will try to give you the essentials of the "Hombre Mundo" (Global Man) Workshops organized by the Teens for Unity in the world.
Chiara Lubich wrote:“A man or woman of tomorrow, will be a person of unity. We have called this person a global person. They are able to take to heart the treasures given by other people from all continents and in turn are able to give their treasures to others."
With this man's vision, last July, around 50 Hombre Mundo workshops took place in many cities in Eastern Europe, Italy, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. It was a real mobilization of several thousand teens, coming from 49 nations.
The purpose of "Hombre Mundo 2017" was to color, through concrete actions of brotherhood, the most "gray" places in the neighborhoods of our cities, haunted by poverty, loneliness, and marginalization, to help transform them more and more into places that can be "home to everyone."
The 2017 Youth World Peace Forum starts with a camp.
The program offers 100 young people from 30 countries (aged 18-30) the chance to live together for five days, in Madaba (Jordan), working with and for refugees, prior to the start of the Youth World Peace Forum activities, planned for September 22-25.
The program is designed to ensure integration among young people coming from all over the world through collaboration in a range of activities organized during the camp. The location will be a former caravans’ area inside the convent in Madaba city, where 114 displaced Iraqi refugees used to live in; it became their home for more than a year after they had fled from Iraq because of war.
"We believe that peace is possible, it is an urgent matter, and we are all responsible for its accomplishment. Together we can make it happen".
For the occasion, many peace messages come from all over the world.
2012 - 2016 United World Project - Youth for a United World (New Humanity)
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