06-04-16 | Event ‘Alternative Roads to Peace’
Since early 2011, widespread war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the war in Syria have displaced almost half of the Syrian population. The war is entering its 6th year and there seems little prospect of peace. None of the belligerents have the upper hand, although all have secured international backing, adding to the complexity of the conflict.
Meanwhile, young Syrian status holders in the Netherlands are rebuilding their lives and preparing for a future for themselves and their families. Where these futures lie, is closely intertwined with the developments in their home country. Yet, with the situation on the ground in Syria changing every day, the future of Syria and the possibility of return at some point are highly uncertain.
Since peace talks have not reached any agreement, a group of young Syrians have decided they will not wait for it to prepare for peace and be part of the process. It is time for the youth to take the baton, to unite and think about their country’s and their own futures. In support of this, a Youth Peace Initiative (YPI) for Syria has been set up to enable young Syrians in the Netherlands to put their heads together and have their voices heard.
In Fall 2017, a week-long youth conference on the Future of Syria will take place, packed with activities from morning till evening. A diverse group of young Syrians will convene in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. First, they will engage in workshops to strengthen their skills and get to know each other. After these initial days, the participants will engage in intense dialogue and build scenarios for the future of their Syria. These scenarios will be accompanied by discussions on the follow-up. This is not a one-off event, but the launch of a platform for Syrian youth to find ways to get involved in Syrian peace processes.
Are you Syrian, based in the Netherlands and would you like to participate in this conference? Then download either the English or Arabic application form below. Once you have filled out the application please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org with as subject “Application Syria conference” or post it to YPI, Admiraal de Ruijterweg 439-2, 1055ME, Amsterdam.
The deadline for application was 20 March 2017. Please note that the application deadline has passed. If you want to get involved, you can email us to ask about opportunities.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the following address email@example.com
On 24 April 2017, YPI welcomed its brand new Syria Delegation at the first event for these young Syrian refugees in the Netherlands. Read about the day in our report here!