Minister of Culture, Creative Economy and Sports John King has urged Barbadians to take a stand for peace.
Noting the recent spate of violence, he told participants at the fourth annual Peace Road Project yesterday that citizens must seek to become ambassadors and symbols of peace in their communities.
“Violence and the effects of it touches everyone, not just the perpetrator or the victim and I believe that in today’s world Barbados can be a beacon for the rest of the world to follow and if we cannot see ourselves as leaders then it means all we will do is follow.
“I believe the time has come when we as a people have to stand for something – let that something be peace,” he told the small gathering which assembled at the Royal Chinese Restaurant in Six Roads, St Philip.
Barbados has recorded 18 murders so far this year. The latest incident occurred just last night when a young man was fatally shot at Hope Road, St Lucy.
This year, organizers of the Peace Road Project who have previously staged three peace walks in Bridgetown, staged a bike ride in collaboration with the Barbados Cycling Association.
General Secretary of the Universal Peace Federation Gail Veith explained that the event was geared towards building unity and creating “one family under God going beyond race, religion and nationality”.
The Peace Road Project is held in 130 nations and is aimed at establishing an International Peace Highway spearheaded by the Universal Peace Federation that will allow the world to travel from London to New York through a tunnel at the Beiring Strait, realizing the dream of one family under God.
A Peace Park is also to be established at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where the two Koreas are now divided.
Veith suggested that through the interconnected transportation system, the world would be on its way to worldwide peace.
“Our children will witness global harmony, communication and prosperity in ways that we can only dream about”.
Yesterday’s event included prayers for peace and the signing of the Peace Banner.