On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the Italian Contingent in Lebanon has recently organized an exposition of traditional and handmade products, in collaboration with associations of local women, at the "Millevoi" Barracks in Shama.
Italian and foreign servicepersons of UNIFIL Sector West have participated in this initiative, promoted on the framework of CIMIC (Civil and Military Cooperation) activities, that has represented an occasion to promote handmade products that are typical in the district of Tire and Bint Joubail, the main cities in Southern Lebanon.
The Joint Task Force – Lebanon Commander, Brigadier General Francesco Olla, has presided the activity that reinforced the relationship between the local population and the servicepersons of the twelve contingents at his dependencies. During the tour of the stands prepared inside the "Millevoi" Barracks, the Force Commander has claimed: "On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, that in 2017 is focused on themes such as respect, safety and dignity (Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All), we have proposed to promote and support particularly the female associations in our Area of Operation".
Thanks to the development of projects that increase the artisan capabilities of local women, the Italian Contingent, that is now based on the "Grenadiers of Sardinia" Brigade, with the "Leonte XXII" Operation supports and promotes initiatives in favour of the local population; it also carries out operational patrol activities along the border areas and the Blue Line as well as training activities in favour of Lebanese Army units located in the South, according to the UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
The International Day of Peace was instituted in 1981 aiming to give a moment of reflection and awareness. On this occasion the United Nations calls for a global 24-hour "ceasefire", hoping that one day it will be permanent.