No War Toys R Us: Peace Day in Najaf

By Sami Rasouli  Muslim Peacemaker Team  WAMM Newsletter   November/December 2013

On September 21, 2013, local NGOs in Najaf, Iraq, led by a group of young people called the Moja Team, held an event. Youth collected hundreds of weapon-toys from local Iraqi kids in Najaf prior to the event.

The toy weapons were displayed in a main square in Najaf so that the kids could destroy them. Many children, parents and government officials attended the event. Muslim Peace Maker Teams participated, led by Sameera Al Hallawi. Omar, Ayah and other kids helped operate the huge asphalt-paving steel wheel roller to destroy all the toy weapons weapons in honor of the Global Day of Peace.

 An asphalt-paving steel roller crushes toy weapons.  Omar and Ayah crush toy armaments.

Congratulations to Sami Rasouli
2013 recipient of the Vincent L. Hawkinson Honorary Award for Peace and Justice. Sami Rasouli inspired the founding of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) in Minneapolis, partnering with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He has initiated and provided leadership in many people-to-people peace and friendship programs between Americans and Iraqis.

© 2013 Women Against Military Madness.

Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Find us on TWITTER at Rise Up Times(@touchpeace). Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: