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“Peace is among us” – Guest blog post from our friends in YMCA Kosovo to mark International Day of Peace
21 September 2020
Peace is our own reward towards humanity
and most importantly towards ourselves, remember an eye for an eye in the end
will make the whole world blind.
The most interesting thing about peace is that everyone wants it, peace is within everyone. The only reason we as humans haven’t achieved it yet is that some want peace in a different way. And the irony is that peace stops once people stop agreeing in that form of peace.
Being raised in a post war country, as a
child I saw the material destruction war brought onto us, growing up I also
started to see the emotional destruction as well. I was told plenty of stories
regarding the war and every single one ended with “I am glad you didn’t and
hopefully won’t get to live through it”. Which is what I hope for, not getting
to live something as gruesome as seeing the peace we created get slowly
vanished in front of our eyes
Therefore, the biggest fear I have is being in fear, which means not having peace around and within.
There are no magic solutions to give away,
no magic bullets that shoot towards peace…
The melancholia of imagining the world
without peace, only gets away when I realize peace is on my hands as well, and
that’s the beauty of peace. You cannot own it but you can have it, you create
it once and you cannot let it go anymore.
I am forever happy to be a part of a
generation where to us peace is sacred, it is something that actually makes us
unite. Having seen injustice happen we woke up from the slumber and saw that we
can actually be a change in this world, for once the youth are speaking a
similar language, that of the peace.
Countries, politics, religion aside we now
are united, there is nothing we can lose, but our chains.
About the Author:
Eli Vula, is an eighteen and she’s from Kosovo. She has been part of the YMCA in Kosovo in many different programs and now she has her own writing group, where every week they gather together at the YMCA to write poetry, essays, and discuss different topics.