Thursday, March 14, 2013

Social Cohesion between Two Ethnic Groups

The youth unit of the 'SETIK' organization of Kandy has been formed under the theme of 'violent free youth group' accordingly, the central province is combined with Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims of the ethnic groups of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims.  The youth group in the diocese of Kandy is engaged with the youth group of 'EHED' organization in the diocese of Batticaloa to create peace and reconciliation among the youths in the country.  So, a group of 55 youths in Kandy district joined for an exposure programme with the youths of Batticaloa on the 1st and 2nd of March 2013.

One of the main features of this exposure programme is the Blood donation made to the blood bank in Batticaloa Hospital.  The doctor in-charge of the hospital had told the visitors that they do not get sufficient blood to their blood bank.  He had also told that the community does not show any interest to donate blood due to their mentality with the war.

At the beginning of this programme, the Bishop of Batticaloa, stated that programmes like blood donation could be utilized to create peace and reconciliation in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society.

At this blood donation camp, 33 pints of blood was donated by the guests while the hosts donated 54 pints of blood.  A youth of Batticaloa commenting on this programme said the fear and reluctance of donating blood has been removed with this programme.

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