Belfast call for Middle East peace

Belfast call for Middle East peace

Hundreds of people descended on Belfast City Hall on Wednesday evening to show solidarity with those caught in conflict in the Middle East and to call for peace in the region.

The vigil was led by the Lord Mayor and her chaplains representing the range of faiths across Belfast.Politicians from all parties also joined in with the demonstration.Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon addressed the assembled crowd.She said: "Daily our news is filled with the tragic images of great human pain and suffering from Gaza and Israel."While the cameras are rightly pointed at this painful conflict, the sorrowful truth is that they could be pointed at the ongoing suffering in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Somalia, South Sudan and many other places where thousands of innocent children, women and men are dying because of war."Each is a demonstration of man's inhumanity to man - we remember them all."A Zen bell rang out ahead of a minute's silence and the hundreds that gathered paid their respects to those who died and their loved ones caught in conflicts around the world.Following the vigil, the SDLP councillor told UTV she was pleased with such a dignified show of solidarity.She added: "This was to show compassion as a response to the daily images of terrible suffering and to bring together people to show solidarity with all those affected and to pray for peace."All faiths were represented and that was important as it shows the true make up of our city and sends a strong message for peace from the people of Belfast."I'm delighted so many people from across the city turned out 4 the city hall peace vigil 2night.Thank you! #moving #compassionate#inclusive— Nichola Mallon (@NicholaMallon) August 6, 2014

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