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Identity exploration part of youths’ journey to peace in Mekong region

Mekong Peace Journey participants meet on the banks of the Mekong River in July 2012

Mekong Peace Journey

Mekong Peace Journey participants from five countries meet on the banks of the Mekong River bordering Thailand and Laos.

On the banks of the Mekong River in a place where Thailand meets Laos, a group of 25 young people gathered to take part in the Mekong Peace Journey.

It’s a fitting place for these youths to meet, as they come from all the countries of mainland Southeast Asia—Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma)—through which the river passes on its path to the South China Sea.

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Peace Walk Thailand-Cambodia

The peace march begins on the Cambodian side of the border with Thailand.

Bangkok Post: Cross-border calm brings opportunity

Relations between Thailand and Cambodia have thawed in recent months, but greater understanding is needed before there will be any real warmth. 

Kim Vuth, 32, a peace activist who works with the American Friends Service Committee, said the relationship between former enemies Germany and France could serve as an inspiration for Thailand and Cambodia to coexist peacefully in the future.

He emphasised that peace building was not the job of governments alone.

News Source: 
Bangkok Post

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