Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador Julie Endee has emphasized here that in the absence of justice, peace is absolutely unachievable, adding that maintaining the peace requires collective effort of every Liberian.
“We will not have peace if we go around with impunity; we will not have peace if we don’t share love with one another,” she further emphasized. Speaking on Monday, 24 October during an official peace festival dubbed “Kukatunon” (meaning we are one in the Kpelleh vernacular) at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Amb. Endee lauded President Ellen Johnson for her strong support and commitment so far in helping to sustain Liberia’s peace after a bloody civil crisis that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians and left several hundred thousand others vulnerable.
She said the first “Kukatunon” was organized in 2002 and since then it has brought onboard several high profile international dignitaries, including kings and queens, traditional leaders,, and as well as several musicians for the purpose of promoting peace messages throughout the length and breathe of Liberia in helping to restore hope once again to a war-wearied population.
She recalled that during the first peace festival, the political situation in Liberia then and the prospects for sustainable peace in remote areas were far-fetched as both young men and women took up arms against one another.
According to her, a program was organized by a sierra Leonean, Jimmy Bankura and others to ensure that peace is achieved and sustained in the entire subregion. The Liberians Cultural Ambassador said the outcome of the program drew attention of state actors on the account of the 14 years of brutal civil conflict in Liberia, stressing that at that time the country was transitioning as no one wanted to return to chaos.
She asserted that over the last 10 years, Liberians have enjoyed peace and tranquility under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf, noting that the country’s peace has entailed bilateral and multilateral efforts.
However, she disclosed that early 2016 the Crusader for Peace, her cultural group visualized plan for peace, which was shared with international partners, including Carter Center, Liberia Council of Chiefs and Elders, among others to support existing efforts toward peace and reconciliation.
Ambassador Endee then lauded all invitees, which include both local and international dignitaries for honoring her invitation by joining her in the 2016 Kukatunon Peace Festival.
“I am humble by your presence because with you peace is sure and sustainable,” she added.
However, she reiterated that in order to sustain peace in Liberia, there should be level-playing field for all political parties in the upcoming 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections. Editing by Jonathan Browne