the Youth World Peace Forum has finally begun.
At the American University of Madaba thousands
of people come together to talk about Peace.
After five days we are surprised not to find our
usual yellow bus waiting for us, but a real big
bus outside. We are all dressed up and the
atmosphere is burning: we do not know if it is
the excitement or the 36 degrees outside. After
several miles in the middle of the desert our
eyes are captured from the magnificence of the
Passing by the entrance what catch our attention
are the words sapientia et scientia written near
to the symbol of the YWPF. A tons of people from
all over the world and some military are waiting
for us. We have to wait in a never-ending line
to get our name and origin registred, then a
huge hall is hosting us with thousands of
chairs. We see a big stage at the end of the
room and next to it there are the flags of all
the country that are here at the Forum.
The ceremony starts. The sound of the bagpipes
and the drums drives the entry of all the groups
who are invited. Non Dalla Guerra’s flag parades
among the others. Two of the guys of the Camp
improvise themselves presenters of the ceremony
animating the audience. The General Director of
Caritas, Wael Suliman, highlights how Jordan is
a country of peace, reconciliation and freedom.
His eyes and voice shows some pride.
Afterwards Carlos Palma, president of the YWPF,
is on stage and reminds us the importance to
change things now. A lot of people from all over
the world sent us hundreds of messages to spread
their thoughts about Peace. The atmosphere is
getting warmer and warmer and it gets to the
maximum of the enthusiasm when Giovanni,
co-founder of Non Dalla Guerra, goes on stage.
With the spirit of a great entertainer, he
speaks to the audience about that kind of
humanity that the world needs and of how young
European people cannot understand the real
suffering that war causes. On stage there are
other people from the Camp. They talk about
their experiences and they are capable of
touching the audience with it.
Hands are clapping while a choir of Iraqi and
Syrian children sings a medley song about peace.
Enthusiasm fills our hearts while watching
typical Armenian, Filipino and Argentinean
dances. But now is time to remain in silence.
All the participants go outside to take part in
the Silent Play, a theatrical performance hosted
by Non Dalla Guerra, which requires special
attention to follow the instructions of a voz en
off, which guides us step by step in order to
make us identify with people who were forced to
leave everything they love – their home, their
family, their country. Because “leaving feels a
little bit like dying”
Así termina la primera jornada de este fórum por
la paz, por la gente, por todos nosotros;
repitiéndonos una y otra vez que ahora es el