Osama Moftah from Egypt says:
“To define human rights is to define your own rights, from there you can define the rights of the group that you live in, and then you can define human rights for a global community…so, it all starts with you. If you really want to change the world, it means you have to change yourself first. You have to know the direction of the path you choose to walk.”
Osama Arhb Moftah, from Egypt, joined Peace Revolution’s Fellowship in June 2010. He has an MA in International Law, and works as an Election Observer at the Carter Center. Osama volunteered in the Patch Adams educational and clowning tour in Costa Rica to help people after the earthquake in 2009.
Anu Lawrence from the USA says:
“I think it has probably been said a million times, but it deserves being said once more—without inner peace, it doesn’t matter how much we strive for outer peace, because if we are not personally peaceful, peace becomes redundant. A Thich Nhat Hanh quote comes to mind—There is no path to peace, peace is the path. And Gandhi said—We must be the change we wish to see in the world. So I’ve always tried to live by these ideas. When I meditate I just feel completely peaceful and connected, and when you’re in this state, how could you be violent? How could you be anything but peaceful—how could you be anything but compassionate?”
Anu Drew Lawrence, from the USA, is a program officer at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and volunteers as a mediator in San Diego’s court system with at-risk youth, through the Restorative Justice Mediation Program. He has also done field research about conflict transformation in Central America, particularly in Guatemala. He joined Peace Revolution’s Fellowship in June 2010.
David Javier Santos from Lima, Peru says:
“Stillness is very helpful because it can give you your inner eyes. We always see with our physical eyes and sometimes we have a lot of things in our head. It is like we are wearing glasses and these glasses are covered with a lot of things that don’t allow us see the truth. With meditation, with stillness, you can clean those glasses. It is like clearing our perception, so we can be sure we are seeing the truth. Contentment gives you a sense that you don’t need more that what you have, all the answers are within you, so you don’t have to search for anything.”
David Javier Santos is a young and bright engineer in Lima, Peru. He has been a volunteer at a Pinoteca, an association of young people who work to help improve the education of Peruvian children. They also teach children moral and civic values.
Suha Ayyash from Palestine says:
“I never thought about what peace means, because where I come from in the Middle East—Palestine—I always heard about peace treaties, peace processes, the Oslo agreement, etc.; peace was always something that was coming, but never here. It was always something very political and the major conflicts never reached an end. Then I started meditating through the program* and little by little I started to understand and now have a taste of peace, of something that is intangible, that you cannot describe, but that you can feel. I felt it.
In Islam we have a term, sakhina. The closest word to it in English would be stillness. I’ve always wanted this sakhina. I was able to achieve it through prayers, but I found another way to find it, too—through meditation. Meditation is the most practical tool on the Earth which can help people achieve and double-up the effect of stillness, or sakhina. This is what I’m learning, this is what I’m getting, and this is what I’m sharing.”
Suha Ayyash is a Palestinian living in Jordan. Suha is a young documentary filmmaker and her latest documentary is “HipHop Nafitha” which was part of the Cape Winelands Film Festival selection this year.
Iulia Socea from Cluj, Romania says:
“Inner peace is something that should become a habit, it should become a part of our life, something natural. To make it a habit takes a lot of time and we have already learned bad habits in the past. We have learned to respond with anger, we have learned to respond with bad words because this is what we saw and automatically we repeat what we saw around us. But now we need to change these habits, create new automatic responses. So it needs to become a daily process.”
Iulia Socea from Cluj, Romania is a trainer and trainer coordinator for the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania. Her volunteer work involved training youth in the field of nonviolence, conflict transformation, peace-building and violence prevention, as well as different youth projects tackling these topics.
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About the Peace Revolution Project
We aim to empower young people via a unique process related to youth development, helping young people make informed and moral choices about how they live their lives and actively participate in society. Through its online social platform, Peace Revolution promotes the practice of inner peace as a common denominator for people throughout the world to build cross-cultural partnerships and ultimately, through individual change and cooperation with others, establish an international network of active agents for change.