Mar 18 - Multi-platinum recording artist Akon becomes the face for Peace One Day for 2014. Bob Mezan reports.
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After 15 years, the organizers of Peace One Day are still spreading their message of harmony and non-violence. This year, the founder tapped singer Akon to help get the word out even further.
SOUNDBITE: Akon saying (English):
"I think violence is pretty much everywhere it's just magnified in certain areas a little more. But when you look at just crime rate, even in the U.S., outside of places like maybe a Congo or a DRC, they're not too far apart from each other. It's just one is more magnified and more publicized than the others. Because when you look at Chicago for instance it gets really, really crazy. So Peace One Day applies to everywhere."
Peace One Day was founded a British film-maker, who became so frustrated with news of war and destruction that he decided to create a day of non-violence. He lobbied the United Nations for a fixed calendar date -- September 21 -- for an international day of peace and persuaded UN member states to pass a resolution calling for a day of ceasefire and non-violence.
Akon will headline the Peace One Day concert in Goma on September 21, 2014. The organization hopes to reach 1.5 billion people with its message of peace that day.
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