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Cameroon Tribune Online: 2021 UN Peace Day: Recovering The World From The Throes Of Inequality, Violence

Article Written by Kimeng Hilton for Cameroon Tribune

Defyhatenow is organising a number of activities to underscore the importance of peace and tolerance.
“Recovering Better For An Equitable And Sustainable World” is the theme of this year’s United Nations Peace
Day holding on September 21, 2021. “We are not just looking at the physical situation, but also economic,
social, political and psychological peace – and all the segments of peace around us,” notes Ngala Desmond
Ngala, Defyhatenow Country Project Manager for West and Central Africa.
“For us to recover and have a better world, we must bring everyone on board. This is why we are going to listen
to people displaced by conflict. We will also give the floor to people in the Diaspora to say how they perceive
peace in their communities and countries,” says Ngala.
He adds that this year’s theme is not only relevant to what Defyhatenow does in Cameroon, but also to its
international interventions. “We will hold onsite activities in Bamenda, Buea, Douala and Yaounde. The goal is
to preach the culture of peace and tolerance,” says Ngala. According to him, the innovation this year is the
inclusion of online and offline activities to mark the day.
“Youths will gather in Bamenda to talk peace through dance and art. In Buea, the celebration will be through
art. In Douala, we will have community mobilisation and street campaigns. While in Yaounde, we will target
students of the University of Yaounde I. We will also have a three-hour online event for people from all over the
world to preach the culture of peace,” Ngala explains.
“We hope to trigger people to talk and act peace. We believe and know that everyone wants peace, but it comes
to a point they don’t know where to start from. Peace is not the affair of an individual, the civil society or
government; but something we all need to be involved to get it done,” the Defyhatenow Country Project
Manager stresses.

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