Violence and weapons cannot be a solution to conflict. We want to substitute the use of weapons with a patient and far-sighted search for peace. It is time to make nonviolence a normal and everyday procedure, that is, make it become a way of being and a practical answer to violence and conflict. Only through nonviolence can we walk the path towards the realisation of justice and peace for everybody. This is also a fundamental and inherent human right. Through our projects, we aim to:
- live as and with people who are forced to undergo wars, in both the opposing fronts, regardless of race, nationality, religion and political beliefs;
- help the victims of war to meet their daily needs, e.g. food, transport through dangerous areas, compliance with administrative procedures, reunion with their relatives etc.;
- help secure the safety of these people through our presence, which serves also as a deterrent against the violence they may undergo;
- promote and create spaces for dialogue and reconciliation between the fighting parts, trying to involve the local community, authorities, associations and political and religious institutions;
- build nonviolent alternatives to conflict;
- find a solution to the problems of coexistence through concrete and practical proposals;
- help refugees reach their homeland safely, sometimes taking them home personally;
- be a link between the victims of war and the international organisations we cooperate with, e.g UN, UNHCR, NATO, OSCE, EU;
- advocate on behalf of the victims and report violations of human rights to the relevant authorities.
In all our projects, we want to ‘heal wounds and build bridges’. We want to become a civilian peace corps, an unarmed ‘army’ opened to everybody, which intervenes effectively in both armed and social conflict.