Peace Road 2015 in Morocco
UPF Middle East: Holding the Peace Road in Morocco on June 27, 2015 was a major challenge. There were no full-time members in the country and those who did invest there left many years ago for other missions. The second problem was that schedule was in the middle of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims.
So that representative of Morocco, David Fraser Harris, the Secretary General of UPF- Middle East, deliver the Peace Road flag from Casablanca to Rabat 86 kilometers away by train.
We held the Peace Road event inside the Academe of Sports Martial Arts Alliance with 25 participants including four ambassadors of peace; Abdellah Benlamhidi, a lawyer and professor; Hajiba Benaboud, an woman active in WFWP, who is also a public health supervisor; Khalid Benaboud, her husband and a very accomplished Master of Martial Arts; and our main organizer Abderrazak Elkhaoudi, a master and martial arts trainer. Among those in attendance were key martial arts masters from various disciplines, social activists and youth. With their support and a few adjustments, we were able to hold a very successful Peace Road rally.
Out of respect for our Muslim hosts, we chose to host an event after Iftar, the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan, when they break their daily fast. Because of their tradition, the event took place at 9:30 pm
Everyone recognized the special impact of True Father’s visionary proposal of a peace highway. Some recalled the former Moroccan king’s emphasis on building a bridge to Europe (Spain), which of course would be a key part of the peace highway.
At the end of the event, we distributed True Father’s autobiography and each spoke highly of our founders’ vision and work.
David Fraser Harris, the Secretary General UPF Middle East, said, “I was honored and happy to be part of this dynamic event, which provided a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with peace ambassadors and share True Parents’ vision with them. This was a great renewal of the work done by our former missionaries and we hope we can continue in the future on this foundation.”