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What can we do to end conflicts in society?
Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable an environment for sustainable development. To mark the International Day of Peace, Vientiane Times asked officials and volunteers of the
Mennonite Central Committee in Laos (MCC) about its work for peace and resolving conflicts.

Mr Khao Inlarvong, an official of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Sangthong district: MCC isn’t under the power of the government and works for peace worldwide. I have been working with it since 2014. We work in rural areas to train people about the law. When they gain insight about the law, they can use it to resolve problems, and this helps reduce or prevent conflicts. I have gone to work in rural areas and MCC sent me to train people how they could have discussions face-to-face and use rules to end discord and arguments.

Mr Vongsone Xaythanith, an MCC official in Vientiane province: Though I don’t know much about national problems, I have heard there are many countries with territorial and border disputes. I urge the government to organise a conference where such matters can be discussed peacefully so that there are no wars in future because no one benefits from war. On the other hand, the environment, human resources and animals may be destroyed.
Ms Kaikham Khambanxay, a resident of Xaysettha district: Nowadays, there is a rapid development everywhere and people’s livelihoods have changed. People’s opinions have also changed and they have different ideas that could become a cause of conflict in society. Therefore, everybody in the world has to learn to live together peacefully. For example, if you have a problem with your colleagues, you don’t need to use force to solve the problem and it is better to discuss things face-to-face.

Mr Bounlieng Khounnolard, a student in Sisattanak district: I think peace is born out of solidarity between individuals in society. If there is discord everywhere, our planet will be affected. Laws help us decide what is right or wrong and I’d like all the people to follow the laws and rules strictly so that our earth will be peaceful. 

Ms Soudaphone Vongdeuan, a first-year student at university: In my opinion, I will build peace with a smile. If all people deal with arguments with a smile, you can achieve all your goals with happiness together. When you smile, the world is going to be colourful. Peace helps us fly like birds in the sky.

Ms Phounsouk Khouthong, a resident of Sisattanak district: There is a lot of violence in society, what with people drinking and arguing and not caring about others, and this leads to discord in society. The government of each country, particularly Laos, should do more to regulate alcohol.

Ms Thipkesone Laokom, a first-year student at university: Peace begins with the family, which is a unit of society, and parents are the leaders of their children. Parents have teach their children good manner and how to live with others in society. For instance, some parents do not have enough time to teach their children and they may lie about going to school when they are out drinking with friends and annoying other people through their actions.

By Phouthong Sivongsa
(Latest Update September 21, 2018)

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