The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. On June 25th, 1950, the Korean peninsula went through one of the most tragic wars in history for 3 years.  This fratricidal war began not so long after Korea was liberated from its long history of Japanese colonial rule.  According to the ‘Korean War Memorial Foundation,’ it is recorded that 25 nations have fought in the Korean War and total of 62 sent equipment or aid.  The war wasn’t just about the conflicts within the Korean peninsula, but it was a war between the international communities as well.

Despite of all the joint talks, effort and many declarations over the years such as <2000 June 15 North-South Joint Declaration>, <2018 Panmunjom Declarations> and the most recent <Pyongyang Joint Declaration of 2018>, it seems that a way to peace and true reconciliation still has a long way to go, and the downward spiral in inter-Korean relations is at risk again.

At the last World YWCA Council 2019, member association of the World YWCA agreed upon and passed the Korea YWCA’s “Resolution on the Solidarity for the Establishment of Permanent Peace Treaty on the Korean Peninsula.”  To implement the decision and to follow up with the resolution, Korea YWCA, in collaboration with like-minded organisations, is planning to launch the ‘Campaign to End the Korean War’ on June 24th, 2020.  We would like to invite all our YWCA sisters and peacemakers around the world to also join us in our special prayer week to remember and commemorate the tragedy of the Korean War and its 70th anniversary together.

May our journey together lead us to peace in the Korean peninsula, peace in Asia, and peace in the entire world.

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Day 1: June 22

May we put down our weapons and proclaim peace over life in our world.

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Day 2: June 23

Lord, allow your righteous care over the separated families whose hearts cannot be filled with any worldly thing, diasporas facing discrimination and prejudice, and those who are most vulnerable in our society.

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Day 3: June 24

May women and children suffering from war and division be healed with the wind of life. May them be the owners of a history filled with peace.

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Day 4: June 25

May you bless our history with a final peace agreement within the Korean Peninsula. Grant us the courage and faith to create a peaceful world.

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Day 5: June 26

May you you grieve gentle hearts to those who view each other as enemies and wield weapons. Let the conflict in these lands to melt away and disappear like snow.

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