Youth camps promote peace in Myanmar

The youth camps are part of UNFPA’s work to give young people in Myanmar a stronger voice in the country’s peace process. “If young people are united, we can have greater participation in the peace-building process”, says 18-year-old Khun Htet Shar from Bago. He is one of over 1000 young people from across Myanmar who are participating in youth camps for peace, supported by UNFPA. Myanmar has been torn by internal armed conflicts for over 70 years. Hardest hit are border areas, where most of the country’s many ethnic minorities live. At a junction when Myanmar has begun a transition towards democracy, ceasefire agreements and peace conferences have failed to achieve lasting peace. Instead, several conflicts and crises around the country have escalated dramatically over the last year....................

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