of Peace for Children”
"They told me it would never happen. They said a City of Peace for
Children was an unreachable goal. But 'they', the doubters, were
wrong," says Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate in 1976 for her
work in Northern Ireland.
"When you have a dream of how the world can change and how Mother
Earth's greatest resource, her children, can begin that process of
change, turning a brutal world into a loving, just and peaceful
planet, that dream becomes a goal, and you work hard to reach that
goal." Mrs. Williams is in Rome attending the 8th World Summit of
Nobel Peace Laureates organized by the Gorbachev Foundation and the
Municipality of Rome.
"The City of Peace for Children in Basilicata will not only be a
project to host minors and their families coming from war areas, but
is in our intention to realize a par excellences for peace
education, the research on clean energy and for the study of new
technologies in the medical field. The children and their families
who will be hosted in Basilicata will have the best that life can
give to a child: love, excellent education and the possibility to
learn a skill. My experience in Ireland has taught me that is not
possible to transform a life that is destroyed from war and violence
into a better one if one do not substitute it in opportunities to
live a life full of dignity, filled with justice and love."
"I am very humbled and grateful to the Region Basilicata and all
those who are involved in helping the children of our City of Peace
live lives of joy and love. I am especially grateful to President De
Filippo, a man of courage, who saw my dream and worked tirelessly to
make it happen. Italy and especially the Region Basilicata will
create a new paradigm of peace. We will change the lives of
disenfranchised and brutalized children of our world. Italy will
lead the way."
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