Let the flowers bloom, not bullets

The International Day of Peace in the Mekong

On the International Day of Peace, in Yangon, Myanmar, 26 young adults from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and China joined hundreds of locals to walk for peace.

Unlike previous years, local authorities approved civil society plans to hold the peace walk, and some high level government officials also joined. It was but another sign of Myanmar’s rapid, though fragile, transition to democracy.

Transforming our woundedness for peace: Voices from the frontline

Publication by the ACTION Asia network on how to transform woundedness into a tool for peace.  Include a keynote address by former staff member,  Dekha Ibrahim Abdi on "Transforming our Woundedness for Peace."

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.

Thousands celebrate Peace Day in Cambodia

The legacy of decades of civil war will not disappear in one day.

But for nearly two thousand Cambodians who gathered to celebrate the International Day of Peace, this one day is an important reminder to never stop working for peace.

Letting loose peace balloons and joining in peace marches in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and in seven other provinces, attendees heard speeches about peace from different religious perspectives and participated in meditation.

Cambodian and Thai Buddhists ‘Walk for Peace’

Cambodia-Thailand border (May 17, 2011):

AFSC Cambodia staff joined partners from these two Buddhist nations in organizing a cross-border ‘Walk for Peace’ to mark Visakha Puja Day, the day commemorating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away.


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.

Cambodia's Road to Peace

Over the past two years, border tensions between Thailand and Cambodia have led to a number of military confrontations along the border, and a souring of political relations.  On both sides of the border, deeply engrained mutual distrust and historical grievances have fueled these tensions.  Thailand’s domestic political crisis and growing nationalism in Cambodia have both exacerbated the situation.

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People fishing on a boat in Cambodia

People fishing on a boat in Cambodia.

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