August 19, 2016

My Friend campaign promotes harmony across religious divide

An International Friendship Day event in Yangon promoting harmony between Myanmar youths from diverse religious backgrounds was a resounding success, drawing many more people than expected, one of the organizers said Saturday.
As part of the My Friend campaign, peace-loving Myanmar youths have been combating discrimination by sharing photos of themselves alongside friends from different faiths.
Employing the slogan, “Friendship has no boundaries,” organizers of the campaign have been encouraging the young people to post their “selfies” to Facebook.
A large crowd braved bad weather to attend the event Friday at People’s Park, campaign coordinator Thinza Shoon Lae Yi said.
“We expected that about 200 people would come to the event due to downpours of rain, but we could share our message with about 1,000 people,” she told The Global New Light of Myanmar. Over 100 people have so far taken part in a selfie contest, with the organizer planning to soon announce a winner at, she added.
Wai Wai Nu, a peace activist said, “Our campaign aims to promote understanding, tolerance and respect among youths.”
She said the group held weekly activities and was planning to hold one at a teashop in front of Yangon City Hall next Sunday.
According to the campaign manager, My Friend started in May, “and we will extend the campaign to villages.”
Friday’s event also raised more than K200,000 for flood victims across the country, Thinza Shoon Lae Yi said. She said the group was discussing further activities to help people affected by the flooding.


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