Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – October 8th, 2018- The American University of Kurdistan’s Center for Peace and Human Security hosted Pax for Peace’s event for Reconstructing Peace in Ninawa on October 8th, 2018. The event was attended by representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Members of Local Peace Committees (LPCs) from Zummar, Senuni, Rabia, Ayadya, Bashiqa, and Qaraqosh.
“I’m so happy that so many have come a short distance of miles but a very long way in terms of culture and circumstances to be a part of this event.” Said Ambassador John Menzies, President of the American University of Kurdistan “Our University is trying in its own ways to be part of the reconstruction process and help people re-establish their lives and move forward, by launching our English Language Institute in Mosul.” He added.
The event was supported by The U.S. State Department (Democracy, Human Rights and Labour) and implemented by PAX’s local partners “Al Mesalla” and “PFO” (Peace and Freedom organisation).
“As PAX we are looking back at a very positive event!” Said Vincent Vrijhoef, PAX Iraq’s Program Officer “We are very pleased with our cooperation with AUK and looking forward to future possibilities together!” He added.
With three panels happened during the day, the conference provided a platform for LPCs to present themselves and their work and to showcase their successes to an audience of interested community members, authorities and the international actors alike.
PAX works together with people in conflict areas, meet with politicians and coordinate efforts with committed citizens. Bringing people together who have the courage to stand for peace. PAX also works to build just and peaceful societies across the globe.
The Center for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok examines the major contemporary challenges to security, peace and coexistence, the sources of conflict and violence and the key mechanisms for conflict transformation and prevention.