As young Liberians prepare for the International Peace Day and the official launch of the Amman-Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security declaration, Messengers of Peace –Liberia Inc (MOP) would devote its column for the month of September 2015 to the perspectives of youths on Peace and Security Issues.
By the way of introduction, Amelia Washington was born on 10th September 1998 to a Christian family; she attends Len Millar High School as a 12th grade out-going senior. She says peace means right, justice, and unity, lawful and free from violence.
She joined MOP as Volunteer Peace Messenger to help young people stay away from violence, to educate young people on their rights and to unite youth especially so as to make the country we find ourselves in a suitable place. Amelia is an inspiring young lady.
In her own words, Amelia writes:
I have never served as volunteer in my community but getting into peace volunteerism is my first incursion to volunteerism. I believe that Messenger of Peace will help me learn about peace, to be a peaceful person to help me build up my career to be outspoken.
In the next five (5) years, I see myself as an advocate for peace, a law abiding citizen and independent woman who stands for her word and a devoted child of God that mama Liberia can boost of.
I dream of a peaceful Liberia where citizens will inform others about peace so as to transform our country positively.
My message to young people is that they should stay away from violence and focus on education because it is the key to success. A biblical quote 2 Timothy 2:15, “ Let me win if I cannot let me be brave to make an attempt cause one day my opportunity will surely come” guides my day.
The outcome of the global forum on youth peace and Security Council that was held in Amman Jordan to ensure an inclusive and integrated approach to peace and security motivates me.
Young people should be engaged in shaping lasting peace in our communities as positive contributors to peace, justice and reconciliation. We need to work as partners to ensure the implementation of the action point which says that we as young people are essential in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace yet, our effort remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due to lack of adequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms.
Youth should also dissuade themselves from violence and focus on peace building, gender equality and also the empowerment of youth socially and economically.
Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security will serve as a blueprint in the work of MOP-Liberia as it presents a common vision and road map towards a strengthened policy framework to support other organizations in transforming conflict, preventing and countering violence, and building sustainable peace, and recognize the involvement of youths in peace building activities in and around Liberia.
Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 3”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.