5.25 ‘HWPL Day’ Peace Agreement in Bafokeng
HWPL, Peace maker Mam Hee Lee &
IWPG, Peace activist Nam Hee Kim
A peaceable Mother ‘Mmemogolo’ of Bafokeng in South Africa
♥Discovering Platinum of Peace: Royal Bafokeng Nation♥
Discovering Platinum of Peace: Royal Bafokeng Nation Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa- The Bafokeng’s land covers a portion of the world’s biggest platinum deposits. Just as the nation has the vast majority of the precious metal, the people of Bafokeng who have hearts full of peace and love invited the delegation of an international peace organization, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (“HWPL”). Through ‘Vision 2020’, the Royal Bafokeng nation plans to reduce their dependency on diminishing mineral assets, and to become a self-sufficient community whilst also fostering and maintaining their indigenous culture. In accordance with the nation’s plan, the purpose of HWPL’s visit is to introduce the culture of peace that transcends the boundaries of ethnicities, religions, and ideologies. On March 28th 2015, Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) hosted a youth-led peace festival at the Bafokeng Civic Centre to welcome the visit of the Korean Peace Advocate Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), and Mr. Du Hyun Kim, Director of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG). The true peace has come to the nation, whose motto is a e wele metsing, idiomatically translated as “Let there be peace”.
Initiated by Queen Mother, Mmemogolo Semane Motolegi of the RBN, the RBN Peace Festival was inspired by the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit hosted by HWPL in Seoul, South Korea in September 2014, which was attended by over 2,000 global political and religious leaders as well as women and youth group leaders and 200,000 HWPL members from all around the world. The summit engaged the international community to prevent conflicts caused by religious misunderstandings and bring forth peace by taking active steps in understanding each religion. Representatives of the RBN leadership, religious leaders, traditional leaders, current political leaders, and citizens from various fields of society were in attendance and gathered their hearts aspiring for world peace. The event started with the Peace Walk organized by IPYG and RBN youth gathered to walk and demonstrate that their seemingly small efforts can make a huge difference in their community.
After the rally, Queen Mother Mmemogolo and Peace advocate of HWPL, Man Hee LEE signed a joint Peace Agreement to appoint May 25th as ‘HWPL Day’, Day for World Peace, commemorating the second anniversary of the Declaration of the World Peace and International Peace Rally that took place in the Seoul Olympic Stadium which gathered 30,000 youth from 130 countries on May 25th 2013. After the signing of the agreement, Her Majesty conferred a Peace Awards given by the Royal House of Bafokeng on Chairman Lee and Chairwoman Kim acknowledging their restless efforts in peace-building and cessation of wars through a sixteen-time world peace tour since 2012. She also expressed her gratitude for their visit to RBN during the 17th world peace tour.