" We know you are not so blind or deaf that you do not see or hear the violence in this war... so many of us have died." - Excerpts from a 7 year old displaced child in Lanao, Mindanao
|Working with interfaith children and youth from Tala|
|The Peace Ritual taking place with children at the forefront. The President looks on.|
In her book, Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding, Lisa Schrich describes how ritual re frames the issues at stake by allowing people to approach the problem in new ways by helping create, affirm, and heal identities in responding to the process of dehumanization and increasing the flexibility of identity. Because it relies on symbols, sensory cues, and emotional expression, it can allow people with vastly different worldviews to have shared experiences that are meaningful and transformative.
|Peace Secretary Deles with her Granddaughter lighting a candle on the ritual space|