International Youth discuss the Role of Religion for Peacebuilding
HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), international NGO under the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), co-hosted "HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp" with a group of Buddhist monks from April 1st to 4th, 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
In Cambodia, there has been a very terrible incident in their history. During the five years between 1975 and 1979, 25% of the population, which is between about 1.5 million and 3 million, Cambodia suffered the loss of many civilians due to massacres, hunger, and disease. Cambodians who have experienced this kind of situation want more peace and are thirsty for better education than any other country for the future of Cambodia.
In this sense, this event was the time for the Cambodian youths to learn from a variety of religious backgrounds and to work together on a peaceful cooperation network.
More than 40 international youth from Australia, Cambodia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the United States discussed causes and resolutions of religious conflicts. By visiting each other's place of Buddhism and Islam in Phnom Penh, participants had an opportunity to exchange ideas on sources of faiths in each religion. In the country where more than 90% of the people have Buddhism, this is a very significant event.
Through this peace camps, Cambodian youth group who are awake with a peaceful spirit will be expected to develop Cambodia more.
It is also worth noting that this will be part of a substantial peacebuilding activity that corresponds to Article 8, 9 and 10 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) of the HWPL.