Messengers of Peace: Dialogue Among Peace Messengers

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Participants of MOP's 2017 Vote Peace Summer Camp

Vote Peace – Part 2

By Gwendolyn Myers

A lot has happened over the past three weeks, we have new winners for May and June, Youth Peace Dialogue Writing competition on sustainable peace, Last week Thursday 27 July 2017 Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia launched its second peace summer camp offering nearly 70 youth from Montserrado and neighboring counties the opportunity to increase their understanding of conflict management, electoral processes, languages and cultures.

As most young people are now aware, the electoral campaigns for the 2017 Presidential and representative elections commenced last Monday 31 July 2017 and this continues till 8 October 2017.  Against all expectations, the country conceded its first electoral violence on Monday, 31 July 2017. Thankfully, it did not involve youth but a member of the police and members of a political party.

Over the past two weeks and long before the commencement of the official election campaign, we have noticed, in the daily newspapers and the digital media, un-usual and unfavorable comments that leave us cynical and unkindly severe in our judgment of others. These comments are triggers to conflicts and violence.

Liberians, especially Politicians need to desist from hate speech particularly during the elections campaigns. We need to promote dialogue between people irrespective of our political lineage or affiliation.

In the words of Oswald Chambers, “Many of the cruel things in life spring from the fact that we suffer from illusions, we are not true to one another as facts; we are true only to our ideas of one another. Everything is either delightful and fine, or mean and dastardly, according to our idea.”

The golden rule to understanding peace is not logic but obedience. Understanding peace unearths the spirit of self-vindication and makes us to be sensitive to things we never thought of before.  Youth people should learn first and foremost to vote peace by understanding the messages contained in the manifestoes of our aspiring future Presidents and Parliamentarians.

As a nation, we need to establish mechanism to track and tackle hate speech particularly in the media. Young people, especially the first time voters, must not only be seen to promote a free, fair, credible and transparent election, they must be heard promoting peaceful dialogue among all stakeholders.

As part of efforts in place to promote peace especially during this period, Messengers of Peace-Liberia is organizing a radio programme for young people, outreach street theatre to the counties and reinforce ‘The Wheel-Cohort of Youth Mediators”, peace programme on mediating conflicts. The month long Peace Summer Camp in Monrovia would give young people the opportunity to address pressing national issues in the context of the elections and provide them with knowledge and skills necessary to empowering them to more effectively involve in peaceful conduct of the elections.

A multiplier/rippling effect outcome is envisaged as young people who are exposed to promote peaceful conduct during the elections would encourage their other peers, friends and family members to peaceful electoral outcomes.

Until next week, when we continue our dialogue among Peace Messengers-Vote Peace –Part 3, it is Peace First, Peace above all else. May Peace prevail on earth! #Peace my democratic choice. #Vote Peace!

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9 COMMENTS

  1. the only time people of this world can have peace is if they obey the words of god the father.you see here in america it is very wicked here the police is very wicked and also the gov.and the people is very hateful on the true christian people that why there is alot of killing

  2. It is now time Liberians, especially our politicians stand up to say no to violence during the campaign and subsequently the elections time.

    Youth shouldn’t be used as tools to cause problems and be involved into violent acts but rather youth should and must be use as Ambassadors of peace, going into various communities to let people know that right now peace is the most important element for us as a Nation.

  3. Words alone are inadequate to expressed how much Joy and excitement had overtaken me because of this camp.
    I am so happy and encourage that through all the circumstances and success in life Miss Myers still look at God to be the soul provider, what you and your team had shown me and the others campers is a lesson that we need to trust God in everything. Most of all the bounding process that keeps us moving strong 💪💪💪 in the fight for Peace.
    #VotePeace #Christistheanswer
    #Pray

  4. And that’s why, I will always remain grateful to The messenger of Peace family for the opportunity given to us to be part of this year’s #Summer #camp.

    Because, the most important thing been preached on that camp is #Peace and #Elections non-violence..

    We as youth, have been made known the many disadvantages for us, if we are to involved ourselves in violence during this process..

    We remain grateful always n promise to preach peace through this country in what so ever Means..

    #VotePeace
    #Peace4all
    #peace4youth

  5. Been a Part of the MOP Summer Camp 2017, an opportunity i considered a blessing is an opportunity that if i have the power i would love every youth in Liberia to experience. My most sincere wish and prayer is that God in his infinite mercies will continue to bless the MOP Team and its partners so they can continue their good works in helping to substain peace in Liberia… Been a camper at the MOP Summer Camp 2017 has broaden my mind on so many things that i once consider in a negative manner like that of conflict, the positive side of it and how it helps in peace building, cultural tolerance and so much more education on basic things that if the youth of Liberia had knowledge on we would enjoy the peace that we are looking for.. Thanks to Miss Gwendolyn Myers and the MOP Team for the Summer Camp its actually fun and educative… Peace remains the GOAL… #VotePeace

  6. Am so happy to be one of the campers at Messengers Of Peace (MOP) 2nd summer camp 2017. The camp is interactive and very educative. The excitement and educational process on this camp always wanna make us even stay longer during the day. We the campers don’t even Pray for weekends or holidays. Because it’s like forever to us . We have become one big family on this camp. We have our mom, Miss. Gwendolyn Myers and our dad PEACE . (Hahahaha). This family bound that our mom keeps telling us to build is something that we have built that can NEVER be broken. We love our family. We are the Peace Messengers Family.

    We are really really excited about this summer camp. Miss Myers and her entire team did a great job by letting us feel at home. We are highly grateful for everything. This camp is everything all young people in Liberia need at all time(s).
    It’s our hope and Prayer that this summer camp continue to last till the world comes to an end. Am saying this because this camp is the most educative camp I have ever attended in my life. Many people won’t believe it but it’s true. If Messengers Of Peace continue to host this camp every year, I can assure you that Liberia will become a better place to be. Because the feature of our country lies in the hands of we the young people and how we are thought the basic information about Peace and leadership. This is simply because a good leader leeds with Peace in his/her mind than follow all the different laws of ruling.

    And so today I argue every young people out there to try in every weak way we can to make sure that the MESSAGE OF PEACE be spread throughout Liberia and the world at large. We can do it,don’t you ever defect your self young people.
    Like Miss. Myers said, no knowledge is a wist. So know effort in promoting peace is a wist .Let us all just try and I know God Almighty will carry us through.

    God Bless MOP✌
    we want total Peace in Liberia ✌
    #votepeace
    #MOP
    #welovemop
    #voteonlypeace
    #peaceforyouth

  7. I am overwhelmingly happy to be one of the participants of this 2017 peace summer camp. This Summer camp has given me the golden opportunity to meet and interact with Miss Gwendolyn Myers after reading and listening to lots of articles about her through both print and electronic media for the past four years. Another opportunity this summer camp has given me is drinking from the Oasis of knowledge, that is the Educative aspect . My greatest experience on this camp is learning about document that was crafted by youth from around globe concerning about youth, peace and security, which is the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250. What i learned from these documents is: the inclusiveness and representation of young people in decision making; i also learned that young people should be protected’ prevented from violence activities and young people should be supported politically and financially. I also learned about Understanding Conflict and Violence. My another best experience is the social aspect, where i meet with lots of friends from three different counties. Kudos Miss Gwendolyn Myers for this great initiative. May God richly bless you and pray for more opportunities to impact knowledge in young people. #votepeace.

  8. Being a Part of the MOP Summer Camp 2017, an opportunity i considered a blessing is an opportunity that if i have the power i would love every youth in Liberia to experience. My most sincere wish and prayer is that God in his infinite mercies will continue to bless the MOP Team and its partners so they can continue their good works in helping to substain peace in Liberia… Being a camper at the MOP Summer Camp 2017 has broaden my mind on so many things that i once consider in a negative manner like that of conflict, the positive side of it and how it helps in peace building, cultural tolerance and so much more education on basic things that if the youth of Liberia had knowledge on we would enjoy the peace that we are looking for.. Thanks to Ms. Gwendolyn Myers and the MOP Team for the Summer Camp its actually fun and educative… Peace remains the GOAL… #VotePeace

  9. I am a Participant of the Messengers Of Peace Inc -Liberia 2017 Peace Summer Camp.

    Actually, The Messengers Of Peace Inc -Liberia 2017 Peace Summer Camp was my greatest opportunity I had ever acquired.

    Miss Gwendolyn, Executive Director: Messengers Of Peace Inc -Liberia Your valuable contributions the the of Liberia will forever be remembered. Thanks to the entire Messengers Of Peace team for their inspirations to us on the Peace Summer Camp.Throughout, Messengers Of Peace worked so hard ton provide us a happy life on camp. Miss Myers have been there giving us useful advice and she did all these things without racial discrimination which of course is one of the attributes of a good leader. We have spent complete one month together, now are separated not for death, for time, because other projects need to be accomplished.

    Actually, words are in adequate to express. Miss Gwendolyn has been a inspiration to us on the Peace Summer Camp and a mentor that we always look up to. She is is a Tower of strength and knowledge. If the world can have more people like her, Indeed the world would be a better place to make a living. No one can be great leader unless they takes their genuine joy in the success of those under them. Leaders like Miss Myers are not many in our generation.

    The knowledge the Peace Summer Camp have imparted in me is a treasure that will remain in me head forever and I promised to pass it on to the community. And I will follow your path to greatness

    Miss ,Myers, ED, Prestigious ED, Gwen Gwen, World best ED, Irreplaceable ED as we use to called yon on Camp…. may the almighty continue to guide you, protect you, lead you and shower his uncountable blessing upon you. The sky is your limit

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