MUSLIM PEACEMAKER TEAMS
The Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) is an Iraq-registered nonprofit organization. MPT began in January of 2005 in response to the violence that had erupted in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. MPT has no political ambition or religious agenda, though it was inspired by the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), which have been active in Iraq since 2002. MPT is located in Najaf, Iraq and operates as partner organization to IARP, located in Minneapolis, USA.
MISSION OF MPT:
Bring Iraqis together in peace to work for the good of the country. Encourage Iraqi people to be self-sufficient in the face of the violence across the country.
MAKE-UP OF MPT:
The model for MPT is currently being developed in and around the southern city of Najaf. MPT is working with other Iraqi groups that share the same nonviolent values in Karbala, Fallujah, Basra, Baghdad and Kurdistan. MPT is open to all of Iraqi society and all international groups that promote peace-building and democracy in a united Iraq, regardless of their religious background.
Along with other non-governmental organizations, MPT obtains funding for projects from international agencies and individual donors. Projects are developed in response to the constantly changing needs of a population deeply stressed by violence, chaos, the devastation of war and occupation, and economic deprivation.
ACTIVITIES OF MPT:
Design resiliency projects for a variety of community needs.
MPT works closely with local communities and is ready to respond quickly to both needs and opportunities as they arise.
Provide training to raise awareness about the roots of nonviolence in Islamic teaching.
Educate about and support the important role Iraqi women have in rebuilding a peaceful society that protects their rights in a free and democratic Iraq.
Promote nonviolence projects using artwork done by local Iraqi artists.
Develop intercultural understanding through the exchange of art and letters of friendship between American and Iraqi children and adults.
MPT AND ARA PACIS INITIATIVE:
MPT is an active partner of the Ara Pacis Initiative in Italy (www.arapacisinitiative.org). Sami Rasouli, MPT Founder, is a member of its Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation (http://www.arapacisinitiative.org/en/).
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