To acknowledge and promote the values of International Day for Tolerance, Nazrawa Camp Management organized a celebration November 15 for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and NGOs working in the area.*
The event drew a crowd of 250 IDPs and teams of people from Terre des Hommes (TDH), Arche Nova, Primary Health Care (PHC), Medecins Du Monde (MDM), Heartland Alliance (HAI), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), ME, Camp security and Civil Defense. Throughout the celebration, activities promoted tolerance as respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of the world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. Presenters also showed tolerance as being fostered by knowledge, openness, communication and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.
A Camp Management representative began the day’s celebrations with an opening speech on the values of tolerance, after which nine girls performed a dance to a song about returning childhood. There was also a group dance, as well as a contest between four young IDPs (both male and female) on eating lentils with their eyes closed.
Overall, the celebration taught attendees that tolerance is attaining harmony in difference, and that it makes peace possible.
*While the celebration took place November 15, International Day for Tolerance is November 16, a Friday
This celebration was held as part of IRD/Blumont’s Camp Coordination and Camp Management/Conflict Resolution and Resilience Building (CCCM/C2RB) programs. CCCM provides camp management in four camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, including accommodation and community mobilization activities. C2RB improves the lives of individuals in Iraq by identifying and implementing solutions to mitigate violence and conflict among IDPs and host communities. They are both funded by UNHCR.