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
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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