Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your
By Caritas Iraq staff
Over two dozen children died in Iraq’s latest bombing. They were on a bus coming home from a day care centre. They could have been part of Iraq’s future – growing up, getting a job, having their own children; but they just became another number and a fraction of the 155 people killed and the hundreds injured when extremists bombed one of the safest zones in Baghdad last weekend.
Children are Iraq’s valuable resource. More precious than oil. It is the children who will grow up and lay the groundwork for a safe and democratic society.
It is children that Caritas Iraq focused on when they held a festival with the theme of peace. Children who were from vulnerable families and who were from different sects and different parts of society were brought together to play and learn.
The festival, which was held in a Baghdad park, aimed to “break the barrier of fear” among children who had known nothing but war for the previous six years.
Caritas Iraq held a drawing contest and talked to the children about the differences between peace and violence. The ultimate aim was to create a sense of tranquility among the children and give them the tools to live in peaceful coexistence.