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Following the unfortunate series of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday this year, in which at least 250 people were killed, Sri Lanka experienced a wave of anti-Muslim riots that swept the island in apparent retaliation of the attack, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group. Communities now live in fear after the attacks. As a response, the GNRC committee in Sri Lanka was convened by Walpola Rahula Institute, a member of the GNRC on 20th May 2019 in Colombo, to discuss the on-going religious and ethnic conflicts in the country and seek solutions to restore peace.

GNRC–South Africa in partnership with Mavela Ikhaya Project and Religions for Peace organized the 2nd Peace Forum in Kwazulu Natal on 18th May 2019 and Durban on 20th May 2019. Forty eight (48) participants including children, young adults and mothers attended the forum in Mavela Ikhaya Project, Kwazulu Natal; while forty two (42) students from Holy Family College, St. Francis College, Overport Secondary School, New Forest High School attended the Durban Forum. Dr. Shakira Cassim of Islamic Medical Association of South Africa graced both events.

On 6th and 7th May 2019 GNRC members in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) organised the annual meeting of the coordinating committee of the Alliance for the Protection of Children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A total of twenty five (25) participants attended the event. The President of the Movement, Loida Carriel, was also in attendance.

During the second Middle East Regional Meeting on 23rd and 24th April 2019 in Amman, Jordan, representatives of Arigatou International, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali and Rev. Fred Nyabera had a chance to meet delegates from al-Azhar University, Dr. Mohammed Abdel Fadeel and Dr. Reham Abdullah to explore potential avenues of partnerships specifically in inter-religious cooperation, peace buidling and sustainable development.

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and Arab Woman and Child for Training and Development Organization organized the second Middle East Regional Meeting on 23rd and 24th April 2019 in Amman, Jordan under the theme, “Ending Violence Against Children: Role of Faith Communities in the Middle East.”

GNRC–Bhutan through Youth Advocacy Network Bhutan conducted a workshop dubbed ‘Caring Schools Leadership Workshop,’ from 24th to 26th March 2019 to develop awareness, change attitudes, and build commitment to promote coexistence and prevent peer bullying in schools. Seventy (70) participants including children, teachers, parents and caregivers attended the workshop held in Yangchen Gatshel Middle Secondary School, Chamgang, Thimphu Bhutan. Representatives from the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), Department of Youth and Sports (DYS), Thimphu Dzongkhag Education Sector and the Ministry of Education (MOE) graced the event.