For AFSC’s Area Office of the Carolinas, this year’s Peace Day was much more than a one-day ceasefire. Peace, for us, rather than an absence of violence, is about building community through cultural sharing, celebrating diversity, and developing personal relationships based on respect and trust.
In Greensboro, our Day of Peace was a two-day tour of the city for a visiting delegation from AFSC-Indonesia. We used their visit to highlight aspects of Greensboro’s culture and activism.
For 15 years, Protestant Church leaders in Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia have organized an Easter Parade the day after Easter Sunday. The parade which includes floats, singing and dancing, has become both a local celebration and a tourist attraction. Thanks to the energetic and creative organizing of young people, this year’s parade was unique.
“Unity in Diversity” is Indonesia’s national slogan. As a sprawling archipelago with more than 300 ethnic groups and a majority Muslim population with significant religious minorities, pluralism has been characteristic of Indonesia since its inception as a nation.
In December 2004 a major earthquake followed by a tsunami destroyed hundreds of kilometers of coastline on two continents. Entire towns, people’s livelihood vanished in an instant, and hundreds of thousands of people were killed. The tsunami had a devastating impact on countries from Somalia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, to Indonesia. In Indonesia the worst hit areas were in the western and northern portions of Aceh province. It was in this context that the AFSC along with hundreds of other humanitarian organizations entered Aceh to conduct disaster relief and reconstruction.
Listen to the special phone briefing and conversation on AFSC's investment with communities after disaster. Recorded after the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, it also discusses the years of work by AFSC in Indonesia in response of the Tsunami.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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