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중앙아프리카공화국의 피스로드 행사가 수차례의 연기 끝에 마침내 6월 30일 수도인 방기(Bangui)시에서 개최되었다. 가정연합과 UPF 회원 60여명이 참석한 가운데 열린 출발식에서 청소년 스포츠문화예술부 장관은 “피스로드가 작은 행사일지는 몰라도 최고의 가치를 가졌다고 생각합니다. 우리나라와 같이 힘든 상황을 격고 있는 나라들에게는 더더욱 평화가 필요합니다. 중앙아프리카 공화국의 여러 단체들이 평화를 위해 함께 피스로드에 동참해야 합니다”라고 축사를 전했다.

노엘 노엘(Noel Mathias Salogba)중앙아프리카공화국 UPF사무총장은 중앙아프리카 공화국의 사회통합을 기원하며 “용서하라, 사랑하라, 하나되라”의 주제로 준비된 금번 피스로드의 취지를 설명하고 이어 참가자들이 피스로드 현수막에 사인하였다.

피스로드 종주는 자전거, 오토바이 및 행진으로 진행되었다. 경찰의 협조와 시민들의 응원속에 방기시 경기장에서부터 유엔광장 사거리를 지나 순교자&프랑스 로터리까지 약 3km 거리를 행진하였다.

피스로드 행진은 국영 라디오 및 텔레비전으로 방송되었고 대형 신문사에도 보도되었다.

 

Postponed several times by the General Directorate of the Central African Republic police for security reasons, Peace Road was held on June 30, 2015, with about 60 participants who are Central African Republic members of  FFWPU and UPF.

The departure took place on the esplanade of a 20,000-seat stadium in Bangui, the capital city.

It all started with an explanatory speech by Rev. Noel Mathias Salogba, General Secretary of UPF in CAR.

A representative of the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Culture said the following:

“I want to encourage FFWPU in the Central African Republic, like other countries of the world which today celebrates Peace Road Day. I believe this is a small event but certainly of great value because our country, which is now coming through a very difficult period, needs peace. We need it. Each Central African and each organization should register at this time, to mobilize for the return of peace in Central Africa….”

 

The the General Secretary of UPF led the launch after the authorities had signed the Peace Road banner. This event came under UPF-CAR national slogan: “FORGIVE – LOVE -UNITE” to contribute to reconciliation and social cohesion in the Central African Republic.

 

Peace Road participants departed from the stadium and headed to the crossroads at United Nations Square, a distance of 3 kilometers, passing the roundabout of Martyrs and the Avenue of France.

 

The traffic jam caused by the passage of participants who were on foot, on bicycles, on motorbikes and in cars did not displease the road users. Even the police and other motorists stopped to congratulate the participants by saying “We support you. We are with you.”

 

We noted that this march was well received by the people of the Central African Republic and by the authorities. National radio and television and major newspaper groups covered the event.

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