The International Day of Peace is celebrated by citizens across the world by creating practical acts of peace within their own community. At PeacePlayers, this is what we strive for everyday of the year, and on this special day it’s an opportunity to celebrate communal efforts made by individuals and organizations across the island. Over several hundred individuals strolled into The Ledra Palace Buffer Zone to take part in the activities hosted at The Home for Cooperation (H4C). PeacePlayers is one of the organizations housed within the H4C, a home promoting inter-communal dialogue and cooperation, symbolically located in the UN Buffer Zone in the land linking the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. As members of the Home for Cooperation we assisted in the commemoration and celebration of a day that possesses deep meaning here in Cyprus.
Peace, in the context of the Cyprus problem, is the building of mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation between the divided communities.While we may speak ideologically about peace throughout our lives in many regions of the world, peace takes on a specific meaning here in Cyprus.
PeacePlayers young leaders and staff from both communities joined the celebration at The Home for Cooperation in efforts made island-wide towards peace building efforts. In an act to create something lasting and memorable to remember this day, PeacePlayers painted two murals that capture who we are and what we do in making steps towards mutual respect and appreciation. Aral, Onat, Christiana, Nena, and Alexi each took turns painting a depiction of friendship, basketball, and peace, encompassing the interests that unite us as PeacePlayers.
Stephanie Nicolas, PPI-Cyprus assistant coordinator, said “It was a fantastic event that permitted us and our young PPI leaders to celebrate alongside others from our community the efforts being made to bring peace into our lives.”