Morobo Residents celebrate International Day of Peace while Running for harmony:
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
This year, Morobo residents with support of UNMISS organized a 5 Kilometer run to commemorate World Peace Day. Cecilia Sande one of the runners from Morobo said “I’m really happy to participate in this run and am proud that women took the first and the second positions.”
Since 2016, this 5-kilometer run has been a regular fixture in Morobo county, Central Equatoria, bringing people together in the spirit of unity in diversity.
In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.
By setting a fixed date for the International Day of Peace, the assembly declared that the day should be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged people to work in cooperation for this goal. Since its inception, Peace Day has marked personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people worldwide and many events are organized each year to commemorate and celebrate this day
A proposal for expanding the International Day of Peace to include Reconciliation in which a massive number of emblems (White Doves) would be distributed after a formal presentation at the United Nations, was put forward by Vincent Coyle, of Derry, Northern Ireland, and was debated at Seanad Éireann. It was accepted that it would be impractical for one member state to ask for a particular slot at a general UN ceremony.
The residents want this competition to continue because it is not only an exercise for their bodies but also helps them unite as citizens of one country.
Following the civil war, most inhabitants of Morobo fled to neighboring countries like Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are South Sudanese and we must create the inclusive peace which will motivate them to return to their own country.
Women and children have been most affected by ongoing outbreaks of conflict children especially have no education and are idling away at home, while teachers from schools across the county dispersed to Juba or were killed.
According to James Mawa, Commissioner, Morobo County, the time to leave the scars of the past behind and move forward has come.“We all have a collective responsibility to eschew conflict and embrace one another as brothers and sisters. We are all South Sudanese and we must shape the future we want together.”
The run was organized jointly by UNMISS and the communities of Morobo to promote International Day of Peace by bringing people together, while keeping all COVID-19 preventive measures in place.
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