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CAMEROON: Thanks to My Mother, I Am an Advocate for Peace

Ngwa Damaris
Posted November 27, 2017

Ngwa Damaris Ngum shares her philosophy of peace and gives thanks to the woman who transformed her world view.

“I am a testament to how the voice of one woman can change a person.

I was one with the world until race separated me from the rest of the world. Race arises from the need for nature to express human existence in diverse groups, in order to make life more colorful and beautiful. Just because I am black, you are white, she is yellow, does not make us different.

I was one with the world until borders separated me from the rest of the world. Borders are artificial lines that delineate geographic areas. Borders were created as a means of easily managing social groups, but they have now become a source of conflict instead of a means to preserve order and peace. Countries fight each other because they feel they are different. That I am from Africa and you are from Europe, Asia, or America does not make me different from you.

I was one with the world until religion separated me from the rest of the world. Religion is a particular system of faith, beliefs, and worship. Religious groups’ fight each other and religious leaders do very little to bring about peace. Religion, which was supposed to be the most loving and harmonizing platform, has now become a major perpetrator of hatred and conflict. That I am Christian and you are Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist does not make me different from you.

I was one with the world until language separated me from the rest of the world. Languages are simply a system of communication. They are not meant to separate us. That I speak English and you speak French, German, or Chinese does not make me different from you.

I was one with the world until wealth separated me from the rest of the world. Wealth is an abundance of material possessions or money. I should not be treated poorly because I am poor and you treated nicely because you are rich. That I have a thousand francs and you have one million francs does not make me different from you.

I was one with the world until education separated me from the rest of the world. Education is supposed to be a means for us to develop and mobilize our individual and collective strengths; it should not be a medium for division and hostility. That I have a Bachelor’s degree and you have a Doctorate degree does not make us different.

This is my philosophy of peace.

I was born knowing that I was equal to every other person on earth but then society made me know that I am black and therefore I should despise whites. I am a Christian and should belittle non-Christians. I am African, I am a girl, I am...

For a long time, I felt less than others, and so I hated those who were different from me. I built ideologies of division and hate. But then my mother instilled in me the values of equality, love, peace, and unity.

Because of the power of one woman, I stand today in my little corner of the Earth as an advocate for peace. I am a testament to how the voice of one woman can change a person.

My mother taught me that no human is different or greater than another human being on Earth. She taught me that for peace to reign, I must have love and compassion for myself and everyone around me. She taught me to never allow anyone to make me feel like a nobody. She taught me to respect every human being, face the bullies, and lift up the downcasted in society.

Today, I thank my mother, and I call on every woman to sing her song of peace to their children. As women, we are told to keep our voices silent. Instead, let us raise our voices to create a future generation of peacemakers. Our time on Earth is short, and our calling is to help the next generation live in a world that is peaceful and united.


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  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 27, 2017
    Nov 27, 2017

    Wow! !!!!!!Thanks to world Pulse

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 27, 2017
    Nov 27, 2017

    Wow! !!!!!!Thanks to world Pulse

  • Ann Forsthoefel
    Nov 27, 2017
    Nov 27, 2017

    Dear Dama,

    Your article is so great and it inspires me to be a gentler and a more loving person. May your incredible words touch millions as it has touched me.

    In peace,

    Ann

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 29, 2017
    Nov 29, 2017

    Thanks Ann.Together we will join hands to create a peaceful and loving world. Good to know my story has an impact on you life view :)

  • mae me
    Nov 28, 2017
    Nov 28, 2017

    Beautiful :) 

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 29, 2017
    Nov 29, 2017

    :) Thanks Maeann

  • Tumanjong Miranda
    Nov 28, 2017
    Nov 28, 2017

    Hi Damaris, thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm so proud of you and your story is so teaching. I wish many mothers could instill this value in their children. Everyone in the world is one, no matter where you come from and who you are. CONGRATULATIONS!  

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 29, 2017
    Nov 29, 2017

    Thanks Miranda! !We are the mothers of our time therefore it is our duty to bring the change :)

  • Evelyn Fonkem
    Nov 29, 2017
    Nov 29, 2017

    Hello Damaris I am so elated with this great piece of arts.I applaud your mum for creating such a wonderful impact in your life.It has made u the person you are today.Kudos 

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 30, 2017
    Nov 30, 2017

    :) My friend Thanks to you too.

  • hannah_test
    Nov 30, 2017
    Nov 30, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing and story! :)

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Nov 30, 2017
    Nov 30, 2017

    Uwc Hannah :)happy you love it

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 01, 2017
    Dec 01, 2017

    Damaris - what a stunning story!  You have a bright future ahead as a writer, communicator and storyteller.  Keep speaking peace!!!

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Dec 04, 2017
    Dec 04, 2017

    Thanks Jensine. I am so happy to know you are part of the peace whistle blowers :)

  • Paul Siemering
    Dec 08, 2017
    Dec 08, 2017

    beautiful Damaris thank you so much! I love how you did this- talking about being one with the world, and then found, and overcame all those obstacles. Another smart person, Albert Einstein, once said this:

    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Dec 09, 2017
    Dec 09, 2017

    Thanks Griton ah. My fervent wish is for peace and compassion to spread across the globe :)

  • AMumbua
    Dec 11, 2017
    Dec 11, 2017

    Thanks for reminding me that difference in other people should not be a threat to me.  Great lesson! 

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Dec 12, 2017
    Dec 12, 2017

    It should never be a treat.Always stand tall with your head high up:)

  • Lily Habesha
    Dec 26, 2017
    Dec 26, 2017

    Dama,

    Oh! I don't have words to express my appreciation to you. I share your view my darling sister.

    You are born for this.

    I'm starting Peace and Green Vilage here in Ethiopia.We'a great circle of volunteers with beautiful hearts like yours.

    Please build a village there.

    Peace and Green Innitiative For Africa

    With love,

    Lily

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Dec 27, 2017
    Dec 27, 2017

    Thanks Mulatwa. With people like you, there is hope for a peaceful and equal world. I will like to know more about this initiative because I am interested in building one here .My country is in deep crisis because of marginalization and inequality of the anglophones. Pls just tell me more about it so that I add my ideas and go straight out to start up.:)

  • kitty
    Apr 19
    Apr 19

    Dear Dama,
    it's so great that you're inspiring tons of others the way your mom inspired you. Congrats!!
    -Kitty

  • Ngwa Damaris
    May 05
    May 05

    Thanks Kitty. ..I just wish everyone could join the peace train

  • Tecenta Achiri
    Jun 20
    Jun 20

    Dear Damaris
    This story is so inspiring. I've learnt to be a better woman from this story.. An advocate of peace as well.. Courage my dear

  • Ngwa Damaris
    Jul 04
    Jul 04

    Thanks my dear sister.We are in these together:)

  • Sarah Anna
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    What a beautiful and meaningful language! You must carry the inspirational spirit of your mother within you !
    Would you like to participate in the creation of our multilingual empowering poem ? That would be awesome. It is an idea I developed today but there are still many more people to participate:) Check this out to see how it works: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/sarah10/posts/86514
    Best, Sarah

  • Kat Haber
    Yesterday
    Yesterday

    Damaris!

    Do you know about Rotary International Peace Fellow Scholarships?
    If you are interested and qualified, ping me and WE Rotary,
    our virtual Rotary Club might be able to support your application.
    https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships

    Meanwhile may peace prevail in your places.