Zimbabwe Digital News and IOL
Impassioned South African youths this week voiced their concerns over peace and security in the country by writing letters directly to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The initiative, organised in collaboration with the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), aims to empower youths and create opportunities for an age group often under-represented in political circles.
So far, organisers have given 200 letters to the president: 100 from the Eastern Cape and 100 from KwaZulu-Natal. Some youths have written collaborative pieces, while others have chosen to write their own.
According to IPYG representative Chipo Magombo, President Ramaphosa had been promising to interact with this movement for quite some time.
“The initiative is still ongoing, we’re hoping we can get a meeting with the president this week, but we’ll definitely keep pushing these issues (of peace and security) in the future.”
As part of the official handover of the letters, one representative from the Eastern Cape and KZN were chosen. “We want to encourage (the) youth to take responsibility and raise issues that are important to them. That way, the young people can start making big decisions in their own lives.”
Magombo added that the movement mirrors the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) campaign closely.
The IPYG is a worldwide organisation originating from a group of Korean youth activists.
Role of Zimbabwe Digital News
Meanwhile the chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL),Man Hee Lee, has commended www.zimbabwedigitalnews.com for the role that the newspaper is playing in promoting peace in global communities.
In a letter written to Zimbabwe Digital News, Chairman Lee said that media had a role to play in spreading the news of peace, and our platform had been recognised for its reportage of important news and supporting different forums that are part of global peace initiatives.
“As journalists, you deliver the news of peace around the globe. Your dedication and effort to spread the news of peace will give hope to the global family and bring us one step closer to opening the era of peace. May the light of peace be with you always. Thank you very much,” Chairman Lee said.
HWPL hosts a series of peace forums throughout the world and Chairman Lee said Zim Digital had a role to play in reaching communities in line with with simultaneous peace events in 60 locations across Asia and 45 regions in the world, which had culimanted in the establishment of a Peace News Network which Zimbabwe Digital News will be part of.
“The cessation of war and peace will be achieved. The reason this will definitely happen is because all people hate war and want peace. The 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW is the solution needed to realize peace and cessation of war.
“In just the first half of this year, over 70,000 people in 52 nations have signed in support of the DPCW and joined peace activities to further the movement (ref. www.hwpl.kr). We are excited to see the participants of this year’s peace summits carry out peace activities in their respective countries, and we cordially invite you to join in their efforts. Let us build a world of peace together,” Chairman Lee said.
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