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Within the context of the works of the International Peace Workshop held in Naples from 15th through 17th October, the participants, ex combatants and non-violent activists, took actively part in the session focusing on the Theatre of the Oppressed: a theatrical method elaborated by Augusto Boal, using theatre as a means of knowledge and as a language.

The aim was to deepen the reflection on the role that practices based on dialogue and non-violence can play for conflict resolution, both in case of armed conflicts and in case of social, ethnic or political conflicts where violence is raging.

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The President of Mostra d´Oltremare of Naples Mr. Nando Morra, The General Manager Mr. Maurizio Castellucci and the Engineer Carmelo De Rossi, welcomed the participants in the first International Peace Workshop (event organized by the Fondazione Mediterraneo).

After visiting the structure, the participants proposed to realise the Totem for Peace, by the sculptor Molinari, as a symbol of dialogue and cooperation among the peoples, in the Mostra d´Oltremare, which has embodied these values since its institution.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo held in Naples the first edition of the International Peace Workshops from 15th through 17th October.

The 3 days of seminars were organized in Working Groups where the participants, ex combatants and non-violent activists, related and shared their experiences with the aim to create a network in Europe and in the Mediterranean for mutual support and exchange between social organizations and ex-combatants for reconciliation, non-violent conflict resolution and justice.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture held in Naples the first edition of the International Peace Workshops entitled ‘Supporting dialogue through non-violence. From clash to reconciliation in the Euro-Mediterranean Region´.

Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo illustrated aims and contents.
Guest Speakers: Gianluca Solera (Anna Lindh Foundation), Paolo Beni (Arci), Flavio Lotti (Local Communities for Peace), Miralem Tursinovic´, Bosniak, ex combatant from Ngo Youth Resource Centre of Tuzla; Nouraldin Shehada, Palestinian, from Combatants for Peace; Gerard Foster, Northern Ireland, Catholic, from Teach Na Failte; Itamar Feigenbaum, Israeli, from Combatants for Peace and others, who confirmed the importance of this seminar where ex combatants met for the first time to speak and construct peace.

The workshop falls within the framework of the activities promoted by the Maison de la Paix – Casa Universale delle Culture of Fondazione Mediterraneo, in order to prepare the Universal Forum of Cultures to be held in Naples in 2013.

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The General Manager of the Community Service National Bureau Leonzio Borea received the title of "Peace Keeper" during the opening session of the first International Peace Workshop, hosted by the Fondazione Mediterraneo from 15th through 17th October.

The titles of "Peace Keeper" are attributed to all those who work for the realisation across the world of the Totems for Peace, created by the sculptor Mario Molinari.

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