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21 of September in Al-Diwaniyah

21 of September in Al-Diwaniyah

Reportedly from Voice of Iraq – Diwaniyah

On the International Day of Peace (21st of September), Al-Diwaniyah activists had impressed the world by their artistic performance and activities. According to its organizer, the Carnival was organized and regulated without any governmental support. To the audience, the carnival embodies a picture of love and peace, and reflects the greatest love for the civil life and freedom. All these values were being expressed and strengthened through sketching peace messages presented between musical and theatrical works.

Bara Nihad is a member of the preparatory committee of the carnival said,” a group of young activists and volunteers, in the province, agreed to draw a picture of peace in Diwaniyah, presenting it through a number of art works and exhibitions”, and expressing “her happiness through the the great number of the audience and the interaction shown by the attendees.”

“The carnival reflects the clear picture of the fight in the fronts to expel Daesh, and the citizens’ desire for civil life and freedom in expressing opinions.” Nihad explained. She said that there wasn’t any governmental sides or a party involved in the carnival. The carnival depended almost entirely on volunteer’s efforts and ten organizations to be able to pull it off on 21st of September. The activities of the carnival reflected the spirit of love and tolerance and the desire to maintain peace.

Hussein Imad is a member of the coordinating committee, said,” the deliberate absence of a governmental support for the talents of the young peopole has led us to rely on ourselves by supporting one another and creating opportunities for those young people to show their talents to the public throughout the celebration of the World Peace Day.”

Ali Al-Saher is an artist, said,” synchronizing the carnival with World Peace day has reflected the love of the people for civil life and the freedom to express their opinions in drawing messages of peace through different activities; musical and theatrical performances, and fine art.”

He contunied by saying.” The youth has confirmed that they are still capable of celebering the World Peace Day in a way that is more respectful and can get them out of the worn traditions; And translating art into peace because art is the common language of all countries.”

The journalist, Basm Habas, saw, “Today, the carnival reflects an important stage of social maturity, in which the carnival has moved away from any influence of any Islamic parties and movements. In the province, this has reflected more conservative picture that is acceptable to everyone.” He also praised,” the level of organization and controlling the carnival, in spite of the multiplicity of the activities at one time in more than one place. So, this confirms that the future is in the hands of the youth, and they can make and hold peace and life.”

By its resolution 36/67 in 1981, the United Nations has decided to set the celebration of the World Peace Day on 21st of September annually, in order to be in sync with opening session of the General Assembly, which is held every year on Tuesday of September, to spread and strengthen the values of peace among the world’s nations.”

The theme of the World Peace Day of 2016 was to “build and develop the foundation stone of peace under what was declared by The United Nations.”

In September of 1982, it was the first day to celebrate the first World Peace Day. In 2001, the General Assembly voted unanimously on the resolution 55/8282 which sets the date on September 21 as a day to refrain from violence and cease-fire; and on this occasion, the United Nations calls on all nations abide by cease hostilities during that day, and spread awareness and peace through educational methods”

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Iraqi Youth Prepare to Celebrate International Day of Peace with Massive Carnival

عربي – English

Press Release

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Iraqi youth prepare to celebrate International Day of Peace with massive carnival

Activists in Iraq are preparing for Baghdad’s 6th annual peace carnival, which will be held on the 21st of September, the official International Day of Peace.

Last year, more than sixty different groups participated, over 14 000 people attended the event and this year’s activities are shaping up to be even bigger.

Co-founder and spokesperson Ms Noof Assi said she and her friends were first inspired to commemorate the celebrations when a Google search of the word ‘Baghdad’ only revealed topics and images of war and death.

“We couldn’t find any peaceful photos,” Ms Assi said.

“We decided to do something to bring back the name ‘City of Peace’ to Baghdad, this is what it used to be called when the city was first built,” she added.

Ms Assi said another driving force was because she, along with other Iraqi youth, don’t know what a peaceful Iraq is like.

“For the past forty years Iraq has been at war, so all new generations know only one language … war language,” she said.

“People are using religion and beliefs [in Iraq] to create more conflicts and we are just sharing the idea that when you fight in this war you are simply not having your freedom.

“Putting a smile on another person’s face is more worthy than raising your gun in someone else’s,” she said.

With growing support for the group, each year it is able to put funds toward new projects and for every carnival, a “theme” is chosen, meaning that funds raised can be put toward a specific cause.

In past years, the carnival has raised funds to go towards micro-finance projects, supporting internally displaced persons, orphanages and support for youth led charity campaigns and groups.

The theme of this year’s carnival is ‘Youth are the Future’s Leaders’, an empowering statement considering the volunteer group consists of 15-35 years olds.


For more information please contact:

In Iraq:
Ms Noof Assi (Co-founder, IQPeace) on Phone +964 7709 2650 03 or email
Mr Caeser Alwardii (Media Coordinator – Baghdad City of Peace Carnival) on phone +964 7712 2068 47 or email
IQPeace Facebook.
IQPeace Website.

In Australia:
Ms Tamika Watts (Volunteer Media Advisor – Australia) + 61 0406 615 440 or

Mr Richard Cowley (Volunteer supporter – Australia) email


أصدار للصحافة


الأربعاء, 7 ايلول 2016


الشباب العراقي يتحضر للأحتفال باليوم العالمي للسلام بمهرجان هائل


ناشطون في العراق يتحضرون لمهرجان بغداد مدينة السلام السادس السنوي, الذي سوف يقام في ال21 من ايلول, اليوم الرسمي العالمي للسلام.


السنة الفائتة, اكثر من 60 مجموعة مختلفة شاركت, اكثر من 14,000 شخص حضر المهرجان الحدث و نشاطات هذه السنة يتشكلون على شكل اكبر.


مؤسسة شريكة و المتحدث بأسم الأنسة نوف عاصي قالت انها و اصدقائها ألهموا لأول مرة أن يحتفلوا بالذكرى لأول مرة عندما أجروا بحث على جوجل ل”بغداد” الذي اظهرَ فقط مواضيع و صور الحرب و الموت.


“لم نستطع ايجاد أي صورة مسالمة,”  قالت الأنسة عاصي.


“قررنا فعل شيئ لأرجاع الأسم “مدينة السلام” الى بغداد, هذا ما كانت تلقب به عندما بُنيت,” اضافت.


الأنسة عاصي قالت أن دافعاً أخر و هو أنها مع شباب عراقيون اخرون لا يعرفون كيف هو العراق المسالم.


“لأربعين سنة العراق كان في حرب, اذاً الأجيال الجديدة كلها تعرف لغة واحدة … لغة الحرب,” قالت هي.


“الناس يستعملون الدين و المعتقدات في العراق لخلق صراعات اخرى و نحن فقط نشارك فكرة أنك عندما تحارب في هذه الحرب أنت ببساطة لا تنعم بالحرية”.


“وضع أبتسامة على وجه شخص أخر يستحق اكثر من رفع سلاح على شخص أخر,” قالت هي.


مع نمو الدعم للمجموعة , سنة بعد سنة نكون قادرين على وضع أموال على مشاريع و لكل مهرجان, “موضوع” يختار, مما يعني أن الأموال المجموعة يمكن وضعها لخدمة سبب معين.


في السنوات السابقة, المهرجان جمع أموال لتذهب الى مشاريع تمويل صغيرة, لدعم النازحين, دور الأيتام و لدعم حملات و مجاميع الشباب الخيرية.


الموضوع لمهرجان هذه السنة هو “الشباب قادة المستقبل” , بيان تمكين يتضمن مجموعة المتطوعين تتكون من أشخاص تتراوح أعمارهم بين 15-35 سنة


…تنتهي هنا


للمزيد من المعلومات من فضلك تواصل مع


في العراق:

الأنسة نوف عاصي (مؤسسة شريكة, IQPeace) على الهاتف

+964 7709 2650 03

أو على البريد الألكتروني

السيد قيصر الوردي (منسق فريق الأعلام – مهرجان بغداد مدينة السلام) على الهاتف +964 7712 2068 47

أو على البريد الألكتروني

صفحة IQPeace  على الفيسبوك

الموقع الالكتروني :


في أستراليا:

الأنسة تاميكا واتس (متطوعة – مرشدة لفريق الأعلام – أستراليا)

الهاتف : +61 0406 615 440

أو على البريد الألكتروني

السيد ريتشارد كاولي (متطوعة – داعم – أستراليا)

البريد الألكتروني