International Day of Peace Celebration in Zanzibar
an article by Ali Mussa Mwadini, Executive Secretary & Peace Activist, ZPTTA NGO Zanzibar (abridged)
Our organization Zanzibar Peace, Truth & Transparency Association
needs to bring together the Zanzibar community. We seek to
promote and sustain a true culture of peace as an urgent task in the
Zanzibar community and Tanzania at large that requires the
commitment and engagement of all the people in the country. We
are focusing on a true culture of peace and related development
issues such as human rights, gender equality, democracy, good
governance and rule of law within the Zanzibar Community and
Tanzania. ZPTTA NGO is a non-profit, non political and non
religious organization, which works with the objective of promoting
and sustaining a true culture of peace in the Country.
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On 21 September each year the world celebrates the International
Day of Peace. We mark the day with conferences and speeches in
order to highlight to the world how we approach the challenge of
building lasting peace in the Zanzibar Community and to show our
best practices and some of the outstanding results that have been
achieved to date. This year our Organization with our partners
Tanzania Youth Icon came out with a concurrent resolution( KAULI
MBIU ) as follows : YES PEACE ( NDIYO AMANI ) I WANT PEACE (
NATAKA AMANI ) NO WAR ( VITA HAPANA ) I DO NOT WANT WAR (
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For centuries Zanzibar had been a peaceful place and its people who had different origins lived in unity and harmony. However the peace and tranquility that was a hallmark of Zanzibar was shaken when political parties were established in the late 1950s and early 1960s to fight for independence. The main political parties were the Zanzibar Nationalist Party (ZNP) and the ASP afro shirazi Part ( ASP ). Despite the political misunderstanding, yet people continued to live a peaceful life.
Believe me that people were sleeping outside their houses during hot seasons, with the doors open. No one will tell you otherwise. Now our doors are all shuttered with iron bars. All shops were left open during prayers. No shops were closed, whether day or night. . ...more.