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حينما وقعت في شباك الســـلام

عربي – English

حين وقعت في شباك السلام

 تسعى كل فتاة متعلمة للتعبير عن طموحاتها وتفعيل دورها في المجتمع و ايجاد الفضاء الملائم لتحقيق ذاتها واثبات قدراتها داخل مجتمع مليء بالمبدعين و والمهتمين بايجاد القدرات الغرة
يعد مهرجان بغداد دار السلام وما يعده ويقدمه من فعاليات ملهمة بيئة مشجعة لطرح الافكار والتعرف بشكل ايجابي على طاقات شبابية واعدة حاملة معاني السلام و راغبة بشدة في عيش السلام ،رغم تعرجات الاوساط العراقية “الجامحة” .
في بادئ الامر كان يوم السلام بالنسبة لي مجرد نبضة سنوية صغيرة، لاتعني لي سوى الشعور بألاستحسان لوجود محاولات تطوعية مستقلة شابة ،لبث الحياة في الاوساط البغدادية .
كذلك هي محاولة لعرض المواهب الشابة ضمن عروض منظمة منهجيا
تعرفت على تفاصيل المهرجان في احدى الاجتماعات المنظمة من قبل جمعية شراكة في صنع القرار القانونية التي انتمي لها منذ قرابة العامين .
مع توصيات تشجيعية لحضور الكرنفال من المتطوع قيصر الوردي “احد المتطوعين الاوائل الذي يمثل لهم المهرجان اهمية كبيرة” مرت السنة الاولى لسماعي التفاصيل من دون رغبة حقيقه بالتطوع او حتى بالحضور للمهرجان وبعد انتهاء المهرجان ولمدة شهر تقريبا من موعد انتهاء المهرجان؛ سمعت عن التجارب الشخصية لجميع الاصدقاء المشاركين سواء من كان لهم دور في العروض الفنيه او من المتطوعين في التشريفات او من خلال المصورين المشاركين الذين نقلوا لي الاجواء بصورة شيقه جدا
و من خلال الصفحة الرسمية ليوم السلام وبذلك وجدت في المهرجان مجال للتعرف على الوسط العراقي عامة والوسط البغدادي بصورة خاصة ،من (مثقفين ، فنانين ،طلاب , و متطوعين في حملات المجتمع المدني

 وجدت ان المهرجان يعزز الشعور بالانتماء بفخر لعائلة تعج بالتميز والحضور الفعال لذا ارسلت طلبي الالكتروني الاول الذي تجاوب معه المتطوعون ورحبو بي كمتطوع جديد في قسم الاعلام متمنية ان اكون عضو دائم في الاسرة الكبيرة والفريق الاعلامي لهذا المهرجان كنبضة داخل هذا النغم المتناسق لنكون روح العراق القوية التي تنهض مرة اخرى بعد كل عاصفة

ياسمين المندلاوي

When I fell in peace’s window

Posted by WORLD PEACE DAY -IRAQ on SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

Translated by: Ammar Ma’an

Each educated girl seeks to express her ambitions, activate her role in society, and find the proper space to prove herself and her abilities inside a society full of brilliants and talents-interested people.

Baghdad City of Peace, what it makes, and what it offers as inspirational activities, are considered as an encouraging environment to give ideas and positively meet hopeful and young energy which carries peace’s meanings and has a strong desire to live peacefully, despite of the unruly curls of Iraqi media.

In the beginning, Peace International Day was just a small annual pulse which doesn’t mean only to feel grateful that there are voluntary, independent, young attempts to spread life in Baghdadi medias.

Also, it is an attempt to present young talents within locally organized shows.

I knew about carnival’s details in one of the meetings which were organized by Association Partnership in decision-making, which I was in for about 2 years.

With encouraging wills to attend to the carnival from the volunteer Kaiser Al-Wardi “one of the first volunteers who the carnival represents a lot for them”. The first year had gone since I heard the details without a real desire to join or even to attend the carnival.

A month later, I heard about the personal experiments of all the participants despite their roles and by the website of Peace Day I could find a field to meet the Iraqi media generally, and the Baghdadi media specially, as educated people, artists, students, and volunteers in civil society campaigns.

I found that the carnival supports the feeling of proudly pertinence to a family full of excellence and active attendance, for that reason I sent my first request online which the volunteers replied and welcomed me as a new volunteer in media team hoping to be permanent member in that big family and media team for this carnival as a pulse inside this coordinate tune to be the strong soul of Iraq which stands up again after each storm.

Yasemeen Al-Mendelawi

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Peace Carnival Story

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I first heard about the peace day carnival from a dear friend of mine, who encouraged me to be a part of this event.

As I was sending my volunteer application I kept on wondering if there is anything I could actually do as a volunteer or if I had anything that I could share or help with I also was not sure about how big is this event or what I was putting myself into, all what was going on in my head is to be able to help somehow!

As soon as the first volunteer meeting was held, I understood what everything was all about, I felt the love, understanding and passion for peace between the volunteers, and everyone was extremely friendly, welcoming and supportive for any idea or suggestion

As everyone was discussing ideas and suggestions an idea popped into my head, how about a booth for Business cards, at first it seemed like a random silly thought but as soon as I said it out load people seemed to be interested, and got some extremely positive reaction

and so I went back home with “Something” to plan and work for, I needed a design, a program, some tools and people who can work with me, even though it seemed like too much work, I was excited!, it seemed like a new adventure, A new chapter opening up and an opportunity to get to know the people I met at the volunteers meeting, a wide new window opening up with countless amounts of possibilities.

By the next meeting, the program, the design and the tools for the booth were almost finished and ready, and I got the opportunity to show the people there some samples of the design and got some feedback and constructive Criticism

Later on I was introduced to Majd and Usama, who were responsible for the booths group, they taught me various  things about the carnival and allowed me to go on some errands which was a great experience

Soon enough I found myself surrounded by amazing people, amazing friends, and got to learn from them about how the carnival grew from only two booths, to the form we witnessed this year, they relied me to do some of the designs and they would support whatever I come up with.

I also had the opportunity to meet some fascinating talented people, from people who sang and played guitar to people who could make an entire photo booth by themselves and see them work in action

I got extreme support from my friends, some who offered their help and were up for it immediately, and sadly some negative support from some people, I was even told once to “give it up”, that negative support got me down at first, but then I remembered the atmosphere of that meeting place and how enthusiastic, positive and energetic those people were, so I kept on moving!

soon enough the day of the carnival was already here, me and my best friends had pulled an all nighters working on various stuff and putting some final touches , we put everything in the car and we hurried to where the carnival was held ,we were not surprised, everyone was super energetic , setting up the work they had worked for all this time, putting their final touches and helping others setting up their stuff, and so the people started coming in, the atmosphere that I had felt during the meetings is now maximized ,

the feelings of love, joy and peace was enchanting, even though  our booth had some technical difficulties at first we managed to pull it through and  the idea succeeded, by the end of the carnival, we went running to stage, as we were going up on the stairs and I looked at the large amount of people there was right in front of me, cheering for us, cheering for themselves for attending and cheering for peace… it was finally revealed to me, it was a victory, a victory after all the hard work a victory after all the doubts I had, a victory for all Iraqis ,a victory of peace and a message  to the world, “we can make Peace!”

it was also a message to me,
Every one of us has the chance to bring happiness, true love and peace to the people around us, not matter where you are or what conditions you might have, seek what you believe in no matter what others might tell you, this is an event that started as a “silly” idea with barely two booths and turned into something that brought happiness and joy to thousands of people, and YOU can be a part of it!

” don’t fly so low….don’t fly solo…”

by Ameer Laith