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UN Campaign in Colombia: "Peace is mine "
an article by Voz del pueblo Latinoamericano Prensa

South African President Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be part of a campaign to promote peace in Colombia, in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the government and the FARC, according to the UN representative in that country, Fabrizio Hochschild .

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The campaign, called "Peace is mine," will be presented in the media proposing that Colombians ask the question "What can I do to promote peace?" on the basis of the values transmitted by Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa, said Hochschild, as transmitted by the news service EFE.

The spot announcements play with the question of what these two figures would say to Colombia , with a background voice that seems to be from the figures themselves.

In the case of South African president he would say: "There are things that seem impossible until they are done, but peace can not be converted into an impossible, because with peace we become greater than we are now, and the differences of color, race or ethnic groups are only differences."

"Peace depends on what each of you do. Those who live peace are thinking about their children, their future and they prove that you too can proudly say peace is mine," he concludes.

In the game proposed by the UN, Mother Teresa would say : " Many believe that a miracle is needed for peace to come. Peace begins with a smile. Smile at someone who does not expect you to smile. One smile inspires another, and in the same way, peace inspires peace."

"What unites us is greater than what divides us; say from the bottom of your soul that 'peace is mine'," says the missionary .

With these messages , the UN aims to "strengthen the desire for peace and reflect on what peace means and how we can work for it," said Hochschild, who said in 2013 that Colombia "has been marked by the real possibility of achieving a solution to the armed conflict. "

The UN official revealed that they decided to launch the campaign at Christmas for Colombians "to renew their faith in peace" as a "serious process that deserves support," referring to the talks between the government and the FARC guerrillas, which have been going on for more than a year in Havana.

Hochschild also said that "it is not enough to disarm the guns if there is no disarmament of the minds," affirming that peace requires the support of the majority and a change of attitudes.

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100 million in 1492, the Indians were no more than 4,5 million one century and half later. Currently there are 44 million Indians populating Latin America.

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This report was posted on January 2, 2014.