Saturday, September 20, 2014

International Day of Peace

In a world where wars have become rampant, where discrimination and apartheid create more violence and genocide, where fundamental rights are continuously violated, PEACE has become surreal. But let not these events discourage nor make us lose hope. Rather, let them be a challenge for us to become channels of peace.

Today, we commemorate World Peace Day. Let us be inspired by the words of the three champions of peace-Mother Teresa, Oscar Arias Sanchez and Mahatma Gandhi.

Mother Teresa, born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Macedonia, is known for her humanitarian works in India. She is the founder of Missionaries of Charity who help the poorest of the poor in many parts of the world. Her call to serve the sick and poor by living with them has been an inspiration to many people. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in recognition for her works towards peace and service to those who need them most.

Together with the leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Costa Rica's president, approved the plan of peace for Central America. He designed the plan which aimed for free elections, respect for human rights and end in foreign interference in internal affairs. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 because of his efforts towards peace in his region.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the leader of a nationalist movement in India against the British rule. His belief and practice of non-violent civic disobedience has been recognized all over the globe. In 1920, he started the campaign to boycott British goods and institutions which led to his imprisonment for two years. After his release, he withdrew from politics and devoted his time and work for Hindu-Muslim peace in India.


See also: International Day of Peace Posters (3/6)


Kim Patrick Tejano
National Officer for Human Rights and Peace
Asian Medical Students' Association Philippines

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