Prayers for Pan­g­long

A multi-faith gath­er­ing was held in Yan­gon yes­ter­day call­ing for prayers for peace and sta­bil­ity for the sake of Myan­mar’s chil­dren in ad­vance of next week’s 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - SHOON NAING shun­lei­

A MULTI-FAITH gath­er­ing call­ing for prayers for peace and so­cial or­der for the sake of chil­dren was held yes­ter­day, in ad­vance of the 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence, at Cha­trium Ho­tel in Yan­gon.

The event, which was or­gan­ised by Myan­mar In­ter­faith for Chil­dren in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Faith for Chil­dren, UNICEF and the Ratana Metta Or­gan­i­sa­tion, hosted lead­ers from four re­li­gions who gave speeches or said prayers, pri­mar­ily ask­ing that the na­tion’s chil­dren be con­sid­ered by de­ci­sion-mak­ers at the Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence.

“Our main pur­pose is to en­cour­age those who are go­ing to at­tend the 21stcen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence to stop the war for the chil­dren’s sake,” said Ratana Metta Or­gan­i­sa­tion pres­i­dent U Myint Swe.

Chil­dren make up 17 mil­lion of Myan­mar’s pop­u­la­tion of 51 mil­lion.

“There are more than 1800 chil­dren study­ing in my monastery be­cause they can­not study in schools,” said U Kavinda, who de­liv­ered a speech on be­half of the Bud­dhist com­mu­nity. “That is be­cause of the un­rest in the na­tion. I want to ask those lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from or­gan­i­sa­tions who are go­ing to at­tend the con­fer­ence to make peace for the sake of our chil­dren.”

Mus­lim leader U Aye Lwin said the beauty of Myan­mar comes from its di­ver­sity. Its dif­fer­ences are not a mis­take but an en­ergy, he said.

“We need to un­der­stand that,” he said. “We need peace in this beau­ti­ful Myan­mar for the sake of chil­dren.”

Around 200 peo­ple at­tended the cer­e­mony, which ended at 3:30pm with chil­dren singing a song for peace.

The 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence will start on Au­gust 31 as the cor­ner­stone of the gov­ern­ment’s peace process. The first Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence took place in Fe­bru­ary 1947 in Shan State’s Pan­g­long be­tween the Shan, Kachin and Chin eth­nic mi­nor­ity lead­ers and Bo­gyoke Aung San, who was head of the in­terim Burmese gov­ern­ment and also the father of State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photo: Naing Wynn Htoon

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from four faiths meet at Cha­trium Ho­tel in Yan­gon yes­ter­day to ex­tend wishes for a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the coun­try’s con­flicts.

Photo: Naing Wynn Htoon

U Kavinda speaks at a multi-faith gath­er­ing in Yan­gon yes­ter­day.

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