The Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) has begun activities leading to a National Peace Festival on October 24.
The event is in commemoration of United Nations’ 71st anniversary as well as Liberia’s 13th year of uninterrupted peace.
Addressing journalists and stakeholders yesterday, the Executive Director of LCP, Madam Juli Endee, said the festival is intended to not only celebrate but express gratitude to the UN Mission in Liberia for all it has done to bring the country to a stable and peaceful state among the comity of nations.
International musicians from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Nigeria will join their local counterparts for the occasion.
‘’We are inviting our colleagues to grace the occasion and to re-establish our cultural relations with them,’’ Madam Endee said.
She explained that the goal of LCP is to see lasting peace not only in Liberia but in the sub-region.
LCP and its partners will help the government, National Elections Commission and other partners who work to sustain peace in the country to “spread peace messages,” Madam Endee said.
‘’The peace we enjoy today must be sustained through the non-violent participation of all Liberians before, during and after the elections,’’ she said.
Madam Endee noted that peace-building embodies a vision of a society that is peaceful, respects and protects the rights of citizens and ensures that disputes and tensions, which are normal to any society, are handled in a way that prevents their escalation into organized violence.
She called on all stakeholders, including the public, to form part of the preparations leading to the holding of the peace festival.
The chairperson of Women in Peace Network (WIPNET), Mrs. Cecelia Danuwalie, said WIPNET remains a driving force in supporting the continuous pursuit of peace, regardless of who takes the lead in making it successful.
‘’We are not complacent with the peace we have now,’’ Mrs. Danuwalie said, adding that her group will campaign for a non-violent election process.
According to her, on October 24, there will be simultaneous programs across the country highlighting the UN’s achievements in Liberia and 13 years of uninterrupted peace in Liberia.
The women’s head of the Governance Council of Liberia, Madam Musu Thompson, said there is a need to sustain the peace because women and children suffered more than any segment of the society during the warring years.
‘’We are the ones that brought peace to this country and so we are prepared to stand on our feet always to defend, protect and sustain it,’’ she said.