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2015-16 國際扶輪社長 十一 月份 文告

 

親愛的扶輪社友們:

1991年6 月底某天早上,陽光燦爛,一輛廂型車於尖峰時間在斯里蘭卡可倫坡忙碌的街道穿梭。廂型車轉來繞去穿過來來往往的車陣,往北郊駛去,最後抵達國防部的前進指揮總部。守衛將車攔下檢查。在檢查時,駕駛廂型車的兩個自殺炸彈客引爆車上的貨物:好幾千公斤的塑膠炸藥。

 

  

  建築物的屋頂完全被炸掉。瓦礫散落在好幾個街道。總計有21 人遇難,175 人受傷,其中許多為隔壁女子學校的學生。我家遠在一公里外,每扇窗戶也都被爆炸震碎了。我太太往爆炸聲響的方向衝去─要去我們的女兒的學校。

 

  我們的女兒那時9 歲。那天早上,她忘了帶鉛筆盒。爆炸那一刻,她剛要走出文具店,高興看著她的新鉛筆。突然間她感覺震耳欲聾,瞬間空氣中瀰漫著沙塵,只見四周圍的人都在奔跑、身上流血、並尖叫著。有個人把她拉進嚴重損毀的學校的園子裡,她就在那媯扔菕A我太太抵達之後,才把她帶回家,家裡的地板上到處仍都是玻璃碎片。

 

  今天的斯里蘭卡寧靜安詳而且蓬勃發展,每年約有2 百萬觀光客造訪。現在,戰爭只是我們的回憶,我們是一個前景光明的國家。然而還有許多國家卻有不同的命運。今天,全世界的國家有衝突的比沒有衝突的多;由於戰爭及暴力事件,全世界有多達5,950 萬人過著流離失所的日子,人數之多創下紀錄。

  

  儘管如此,在扶輪,我們相信和平仍有可能─這不是出自理想主義,而是來自經驗。我們看到,如果人們能理解對抗的損失大於和解,即使非常棘手的衝突也可以解決。我們看到,如果我們以真正徹底的方式來建立和平,例如我們的扶輪和平獎學金學生所做的工作,我們能獲得什麼樣的成果。透過我們的扶輪基金會,和平獎學金學生們成為防止及解決衝突的專家。我們的目標是希望他們找到新方法,不僅用來結束戰爭,更用來預防戰爭的發生。

  

  這個計畫已有數百個學生畢業,其中有二個來自斯里蘭卡,分別來自衝突的一方,他們在同一個學校一起學習。在課程剛開始那幾週,兩個人為了兩邊陣營誰是誰非,爭吵得很激烈。然而隨著時間一週週過去,他們越發瞭解彼此的觀點;今天,他們已成為好朋友。當我遇見他們並聽到這個故事時,我心中燃起希望。如果25 年的痛苦及憎恨能透過扶輪化解,那麼有什麼是我們辦不到的呢?

  

  我們不能以暴制暴。但是如果我們用教育、瞭解、及和平來對抗暴力,我們便能真正成為獻給世界的禮物。

  

雷文壯 K.R. Ravindran

2015-16 年度國際扶輪社長

2015-16 RI Presidential Message in November 2015

 

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

 
One sunny morning at the end of June 1991, a van drove through the busy, rush-hour streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Winding through traffic to a northern suburb, the van arrived at the Forward Command Headquarters of the Defense Ministry. Security guards
stopped it for inspection. When they did, the two suicide bombers driving the van detonated their cargo: thousands of kilograms of plastic explosives.

The scale of this achievement can hardly be overstated. Polio has existed for millennia; it has plagued humanity since our earliest civilizations. Today, because of Rotary's work and that of our partners, the end is in sight. We are counting down not in years, but in months.
Our daughter was then nine years old. That morning, she had forgotten her pencil case at home. At the moment of the blast, she was coming out of a stationer's shop, admiring her new pencils. Suddenly her ears were ringing, the air was filled with sand, and everywhere around her people were screaming, bleeding, and running. Someone pulled her into the garden of the badly damaged school, where she waited until my wife arrived to bring her back to our home – its floors still covered with broken glass.
Sri Lanka today is peaceful and thriving, visited by some two million tourists every year. Our war now is only a memory, and we as a nation look forward to a promising future. Yet so many other nations cannot say the same. Today, more of the world's countries are involved in conflict than not; a record 59.5 million people worldwide live displaced by wars and violence.
In Rotary we believe, in spite of all that, in the possibility of peace – not out of idealism, but out of experience. We have seen that even the most intractable conflicts can be resolved when people have more to lose by fighting than by working together. We have seen what can happen when we approach peace-building in ways that are truly radical, such as the work of our Rotary Peace Fellows. Through our Rotary Foundation, peace fellows become experts in preventing and resolving conflict. Our goal is that they will find new ways not only to end wars but to stop them before they begin.
Among the hundreds of peace fellows who have graduated from the program, two from Sri Lanka, one from each side of the conflict, studied together. In the first weeks of the course, both argued passionately for the rightness of their side. Yet week by week, they grew to understand each other's perspective; today, they are good friends. When I met them and heard their story, they gave me hope. If 25 years of pain and bitterness could be overcome by Rotary, then what, indeed, is beyond us?

We cannot fight violence with violence. But when we fight it with education, with understanding, and with peace, we can truly Be a Gift to the World.

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

President, Rotary International, 2015-16

 

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