Tuesday, March 19, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's We Are One project in Mali!



[HWPL] HWPL's We Are One project in Mali!

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article regarding HWPL's We Are One project in Mali :)

HWPL’s ‘We Are One’ Peace Project Spreads Throughout Mali

In March 2021, the ‘We Are One (WAO)’ project, initiated by HWPL together with various civic groups and experts in various fields, has been spreading nationwide and gaining support at the government level.

Mali is one of the conflict-ridden countries in Africa. Comprised of nine regions, Mali has various elements of conflict such as terrorism, rebellion, ethnic disputes, and slavery, resulting in numerous casualties in different regions. Particularly, the northern region with high terrorist activities and the central region with frequent ethnic conflicts have produced the highest number of casualties. However, despite the support from numerous international organizations, including the UN, and foreign military forces, the situation remains unresolved.

In this regard, HWPL has initiated the WAO project to propose more fundamental solutions for peace by uniting with the people of Mali. In March 2023, they signed MOU with the city of Gao, a major city of the northern region. In December 2023, they did the same with the city of Yorosso, a city in the central region, and in January 2024, with the city of Masina in the central region, to institutionalize the WAO project. Additionally, they have also agreed to sign MOU with key cities of Mopti and Segou in the central region.

The cities that signed the MOU with HWPL have formed committees by recruiting experts in various fields regularly gathering and discussing the issues and solutions of respective cities.

On January 12, 2024, in the city of Yorosso, experts and leaders from various fields gathered to discuss ways to effectively operate the WAO project. The meeting was attended by 30 representatives from various backgrounds, including the mayor of Yorosso, the deputy governor of Segou region, the police chief, the deputy head of the water resources office, the prison warden, ethnic leaders, religious leaders, mayoral advisors, and others.

The attendees decided to focus on the encountering conflict by solving the problem of ‘Ignorance of Ethnic Roots and Traditions’ and agreed to invite experts from various backgrounds to discuss solutions to this issue.

Mr. Abdoulaye Goita, the mayor of Yorosso who attended the meeting, emphasized, “HWPL’s WAO project is special in the aspect of how we approach to the minds of people”, further stating that “This is something that everyone in our city of Yorosso must collaborate on for peace.”

The first Dialogue in the city of Yorosso is scheduled to take place in the second week of February at the city hall, and the progress meetings will take place every two months.

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