The Universal Peace Federation - UK is very saddened to hear of the tragic events of London Bridge and Borough Market. Our thoughts and prayers must be with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or were injured last night and in other recent incidents. It is even more sad that these indiscriminate killings were in the name of ‘Allah’. Islam is a peaceful religion but a tiny number have chosen to use terrorist violence as a misguided expression of their faith. We must maintain the unity of the communities within the UK because within the common values that all faiths hold, as well as those who profess no faith, is the inherent strength of the United Kingdom.
Africa Day 2017 was a colourful and inspiring programme of speakers, music and African foods. Held at UK - UPF HQ on Saturday, May 20th, speakers from across the continent came to celebrate Africa Day. The audience were from all over the world attracted maybe by Africa's colour and enthusiasm. A video was shown of Africa Day being celebrated in New York with the former UN Secretary General HE Ban Ki Moon.
In the West Country at Cleeve House, the third event in a series of ongoing one day Universal Peace Federation (UPF) leadership seminars was held on Saturday 18th March 2017. The title of the seminar was “True Family Values and a Peaceful World”. (Photo Link)
We were very sad that people lost their lives or were seriously injured yesterday, particularly the unarmed Police Officer who was killed at a gate I have passed by many times. Those hurt were from many nations including the US, France, Romania, South Korea as well as the UK. The incident happened just before 3 pm. We were to have the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International Women’s Day (IWD) event at 5.30 in Parliament passing through security from 5 pm. Some of our guests went early to Parliament and were held inside Parliament for several hours in lock down with all the Parliamentarians and their staff. We had to change our event to Lancaster Gate and catch as many people as possible very quickly when we heard the news. We had a wonderful programme commemorating International Women's Day.
For over a year now we have heard much about Syrian refugees, their suffering and amazing journeys; some at the risk of their lives and others losing their lives on the way to Europe. We saw devastating pictures of unaccompanied, lonely children whose parents could not make it! We have always been wondering “what it is like for the children, young couples, teenagers, and larger families to be uprooted from their homes?” and then coming to a completely different and unusual milieu in Europe and now England. Most young people cannot speak English. Besides their normal suffering they are missing their food and culture and their own homes.
Farrukh Dhondy & Matteo Bergamini were interviewed in the 'Evening With' series. Gul Khan of the All Ladies League, London interviewed Farrukh Dhondy, former Commissioning Editor of Channel 4 and Matteo Bergamini, Shout Out UK founder, was interviewed by Quince Garcia of Roadworks Media. While mostly considering political literacy and documentary filmmaking, Matteo Bergamini explained how they were able to film a documentary about the largely underground movement 'Annonymous'. (Video link) The event was a partnership between All Ladies League and the Universal Peace Federation #ALL #UPF