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Calling All Kids For Peace
Dear Friends of
Yesterday, I went to school for my summer classes only to find out that our classes were cancelled for two days because of the fighting going on in the neighboring areas of Cotabato City. As we were heading home, I saw two helicopters and two fighter planes in the sky. How fascinating, I thought. But then I saw them drop bombs. Mama also told me that when she was about 8 years old, she saw the same thing - flying machines that dropped killer bombs in the same areas.
All afternoon, I heard bombs exploding, and the sounds of gunfire. Over the radio, I heard reporters say that a lot of civilians have been shot! The reporters said that most of these civilians are children, maybe your age, maybe mine, (I am 12), maybe older and maybe a lot younger, like the 7-month old baby. I am sure that the children did not plan this war, but why are they made to suffer from it? What do they know about war? What do we know about it? What I am learning from it all is that nobody wins a war and that children like you and me are its biggest losers.
When I was in Grade 6, I ran for the student council and called my party Kids for Peace. I did not win but in my mind, making children talk about peace was a good start. I wanted to do my share in what is happening now so I thought of continuing the campaign.
We are kids for peace,
as our elders are, as the military and the MILF should have been. I know we can't
Let us, the children who were fortunately spared from this war, help them, the child victims. They should not have suffered from this. They should have been spared.
Kids for peace, let us do our share. I know we can count on each other to help these pitiful children. Donations shall be welcomed from May 8-14, 2000 at 13 Javier Street, Cotabato City. We have made arrangements with Fr. Ben Toreto, DCC, parish priest of the Holy Rosary Heights Parish, that when we have enough, we shall distribute our donations to the young war victims at the evacuation centers. Please also write messages of peace for the adults who started this war and for the children who had nothing to do with it.
Thank you in advance.
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