Quite simply, It is the peacenews. It is made of something happening all over the world within a single, small book every month. Surprisingly, it is made by the law. The HWPL Newsletter is based on Article 10 of the DPCW, “Spreading a Culture of Peace”. The advantage of this Newsletter is a high level of authenticity that is truly touching. It’s about time to listen Newsletter Editor‘s story. Hannah Jeon, Newsletter Editor said, “In just four short years since its establishment in 2013, HWPL and its many peace projects have received great interest and appreciation worldwide.” Why is it needed? “The HWPL Newsletterwas created with the purpose of announcing the news of HWPL, which is now running for peace and justice in the global community with tens of thousands of peace messengers.”
“The Starting Point is the Conveyance of the News of Hope to the World”
What is the Vision of HWPL and Us?
Our limits? No. “The newsletter is not limited to only the stories of HWPL but instead seeks to find stories of peace messengers who share the sameheart for peace.” Our vision is that “We are working to create a platform where all individuals are able to tell their own personal stories and explain for themselves their experiences with the processes and results of HWPL’s peace activities in their communities across the globe.” Thanks, Hannah. Listening to the story, I thought a lot. Why do we need peace? Because there is a war. Because there is a pain. All people, who are suffering from the unrelenting violence and war, share the same sadness. I feel a deep sadness because of the pain that is being experienced around the world. So what do we have to do? It is the reason why I love HWPL.
The ultimate object of HWPL
: The world of peace! which humanity has never experienced throughout all of history will be possible for the first time through HWPL. For this, the starting point is the conveyance of the news of hope to the world. It becomes the enginefor the transmission of the values of the international law, inter-faith harmony and peace education that all aim for the world of peace.
“You are the main character of HWPL’s Newsletter. As a loving family of peace living in this world together, let’s create a community that can share one another’s sorrow and joy. We must create the river of peace that all creation is dreaming of and leave it as an eternal legacy that can be inherited by future generations. Anything you would like covered regarding the news of peace is welcome, so please send us your comments.” – The HWPL PR Team
Do you remember this picture? You might have seen this Vietnam Napalm girl picture. It earned a Pulitzer Prize and was chosen as the World Press Photo of the Year for 1973. In the picture, a nine years old girl was running naked. AP photographer Nick Ut took a photograph, and took Injured children to hospital. Can she be treated? That hospital determined that her burns were so severe that she probably would not survive.
After being an adult
In an interview many years later, she recalled she was yelling, Nóng quá, nóng quá (“too hot, too hot”) in the picture. The whole world paid great attention to her. So, she could stay a 14-month in hospital and undergo 17 surgical operations. Vietnam and the United States must have to save her. How does she live after she became an adult? She majored in medicine in Vietnam. But she have to stop studying. She was used as a propaganda symbol by the communist government. In 1992, she married in 29 years old. In 1996, the Napalm girl met the surgeons who had saved her life. The following year, she passed the Canadian Citizenship Test with a perfect score and became a Canadian citizen.
Be a hero
In 1994, Kim Phúc was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In 1996, Kim Phúc gave a speech at U.S Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day. She said, “One cannot change the past, but everyone can work together for a peaceful future.” In 1997 she established the first Kim Phúc Foundation in the U.S. What do you think its aim? It is providing medical and psychological assistance to child victims of war. She started a new life, constantly speaking about the War.
Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is very powerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live with true love, hope, and forgiveness. If that little girl in the picture can do it, ask yourself: Can you?
Kim Phúc, NPR in 2008
The scar of a burn filled her body with pain chronically. Occasionally the puberty girl must endure intolerable situation like people’s attention. I can’t imagine how hard it is for her. But she didn’t despair. Her determination never wavered. She didn’t blame anyone. Isn’t it really cool? There is nothing to make person mature as much pain. So she is much more valuable. Likewise your hardship is valuable, too.
Are you tough now?
What does not kill you only makes you stronger – Friedrich Nietzsche