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.
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.
Representatives from four faiths meet at Chatrium Hotel in Yangon yesterday to extend wishes for a peaceful resolution of the country’s conflicts.
U Kavinda speaks at a multi-faith gathering in Yangon yesterday.