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Teachings of Peace
an article by Nolin

I found this story on to be an excellent lesson for peace.

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Bai Rohnaniza "honey" Sumndad- Usman has spent her life in the effort for peace. Honey was born into royalty, although she grew up outside of wealth, she showed an interest in peace and helping others at a young age. When honey was 7, the Gulf War broke out, which only strengthened her stance for peace. Honey worked as Philippine Country Director and Coordinator for Asia America Initiative (AAI), which has done much work for public health, education, and giving opportunities and hope to the children that organization works with. Honey comes from a unique background with a Muslim father and a Catholic mother, and this background has help Honey to be excepting of everyone and a very strong advocate for peace and understanding of others.

After Honey finished high school in Saudi-Arabia, she went to Assumption College in the Philippines, which helped expose her to her Christian heritage from her mother’s side of the family. Honey wanted to prove that different religions could work together due to the similarities that they hold, despite the differences they may have.

Through her effort to teach peace, Honey found the need for a book to help her in her work. In her search for a book she asked AYLC alumnus, Marlon Jinon, help her come up with the idea of a book with three characters that each represent: Islam, Indigenous Culture, and Christianity. The resulting book, The Mighty Adventures of Kapayapaan is an important book in her teachings of religious peace because it shows that the three religions can get along.


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This report was posted on October 6, 2013.