The Peace Camp was organized by the Italian organization from Vicenza Non Dalla Guerra, Caritas Jordan and Living Peace International. For more than a week the youth stayed in Hanina’s Holy Spirit Church parish. A week in which they visited the refugees, staying in their houses and listening to their stories. “It was an opportunity to really understand what their conditions are - members of Non Dalla Guerra say - but above all to show closeness to these people who too often are considered only as numbers." The participants visited their homes, not just to listen, but also to offer tangible help, committing themselves to various maintenance works.
Personal meetings with refugees
Among the various activities the youth worked in the creation of a mural in front of the church of St. John the Baptist, a sign to emphasize the importance of transmitting peace messages especially during these difficult times. Important attention was given to the youngest since every day about 150 Syrian and Iraqi children have played, painted and had fun together with these hundred youth from all over the world in informal schools run by Caritas in Madaba. Moreover, the Camp participants were able to discover the art of mosaic by working alongside some Iraqi refugees engaged in a professional reintegration project promoted by Caritas Jordan.
Youth Peace Forum with 1000 young people
It has been an intense week that continued with the Youth World Peace Forum until September 23, for two days of conferences and workshops on inter-religious dialogue and on the theme of peace-building at the American University of Madaba. About a thousand people from forty different countries took part in this important event.
Each association and organization invited has publicly presented its projects in front of leading figures in the Jordanian religious and political background. From Italy Carlo Presotto, director of the theatrical production center La Piccionaia, has brought an innovative performance written in collaboration with Diego Dalla Via. The piece “Memorie del nostro fuggimento” (“Memories of our escape”, ndr) was chosen as an original narrative method to stage the drama of refugees, and its first part - entitled “Parire è un po’ morire” (“Leaving feels a bit like dying”, ndr) - has been translated, in collaboration with Non Dalla Guerra, into English just for this important occasion. Introduced with the Silent Play formula, it has been remarkably successful among the audience that put themselves to the test in an experience of emotional and sensory tension.
At the end of the experience in Jordan on the 25 of September, the hundred young participants in the Camp drafted a document - The Chart of Peace - containing the guidelines needed to build concrete peace actions starting from their own daily-life.