Bangladeshi awarded Rotary Peace Fellowship

Bangladeshi awarded Rotary Peace Fellowship

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Kyasingmong Marma of Bangladesh was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship.  Mong was previously an unarmed civilian peacekeepers working in Mindanao Philippines with Nonviolent Peaceforce.  Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international organisation that provides unarmed civilian peacekeepers, on invitation from deeply rooted civilian groups in communities where there is armed conflict.The peacekeepers live and work in the villages where there is armed conflict, are always nonpartisan in the armed conflict, are always nonviolent, and take the lead from the civilian groups in the area.  Nonviolent Peaceforce was part of the International Monitoring Team and sat on the civilian component of the official ceasefire body.  Charged with early warning and early response, NP peacekeepers such as Mong Marma, responded to reports of even minor conflicts, reported to the IMT and the armed parties, then assembled a team to protect civilians if they were willing to resolve the conflict peacefully.
Nonviolent Peaceforce will have a presence at the Rotary South Asia Peace Forum in February. Dr. Ann Frisch, Professor Emerita University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Senior Adviser and returned peacekeeper, Nonviolent Peaceforce, communicated the news through a press release on Monday.

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