January 21st 2011
Many thanks for sharing all this material with us. This is a powerful idea -- I wish we had heard about it earlier !
Your aim is a lofty one and the project has great potential. But there is no doubt that public opinion is divided about war ruins: many people want to just rebuild and move on, while the more thoughtful ones know that we need reminders of the errors of the past in order to help build a peaceful future. If you can find ways to create culture-of-peace activities in these different places, and link them together, that will indeed be a marvellous contribution.
Some key cities involved in memory and reconciliation work are (in addition to the ones on your site):
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
I look forward to hearing how you plan to move your project forward.
With kind regards
Colin Archer, Secretary-General
International Peace Bureau
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