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Religious Unrest Continues in Sri Lanka

An attack was launched by a Buddhist mob against a Mosque in Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013, just one day after Muslims celebrated “Eid Ul Fitr”. At least 12 people were injured in scuffles that broke out during the siege. The reason for the attack was based on the claim that the new three-storey structure on […]

Understanding Religion, Culture and Conflict: A Dialogue with Youth from All Communities

The SFM held a youth program entitled ‘Understanding Religion, Culture and Conflict’, in May 2013 at the Centre for Human Development, Tholangamuwa, Ambepussa. 32 male and female youth between 18 to 25 years of age from all four religions, primarily from all the “Y” associations (YMBA, YWBA, YMMA, YWMA, YMCA, YWCA, YMHA and YWHA), from multi-ethnic districts such as, Kurunegala, Badulla, Galle, Kandy and Colombo. The SFM also engaged the support of moderate clergy and religious dignitaries to collectively converse with the young participants and raise their awareness on the need to respect diversity and adopt a pluralistic attitude towards different communities, religions and cultures, as a sustainable means to conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

 

The workshop included community service activities, team building exercises and leadership development programs – focusing on specific themes, such as conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship. The participants had the opportunity to meet and talk with different religious and community leaders. The workshop was conducted by Partners in Alternative Training (PALTRA), an organisation experienced in such workshops.