The Shamsaan PalS4Peace Tour 19 July to 14 August 2017
The Shamsaan PalS4Peace tour is a South African collaborative initiative hosted by several South African organisations spearheaded by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Awqaf SA.
Shamsaan (meaning 2 Suns in Arabic) is a South African initiated project that promotes arts and culture as a platform for dialogue and social change. 2017 marks 50 years of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories that violates international law and Palestinian human rights yet mechanisms that maintain and perpetuate this occupation however, remain firmly in place. Children suffer trauma arising from the constant conflict that surrounds them.
The inaugural project, the Shamsaan Palestine’s Children Art calendar profiled 13 young Palestinians aged between 5 and 16 years old. Their triump over adversity is reflected through artwork, photographic portraits and life stories are set against articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that should be protecting them. The 2017 Shamsaan Calendar has rallied international support and was translated into Italian, Turkish and Arabic enjoying good sales in several countries. A 2018 calendar will be launched in South Africa during their stay. Messages from renowned struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 2009 -2014 Navi Pillay are included.
The SHAMSAAN PALS4 PEACE TOUR affords the opportunity to some of the profiled Palestinian children to travel and to engage with South Africans nationally over a month – long national tour; to educate and provide a deeper understanding of the Palestinian condition and to build relationships with South African youth.
08:30am-11:00am Apartheid Musuem Tour – Address: Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd
11:15am-11:30am Hector Peterson Museum – Tour and wreath laying – 8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg
13:00-15:30 Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (AKF) – Lunch Veteren/Youth interaction – Stalwarts of the Struggle meeting with the kids to exchange stories of the struggle and youth activist sharing with each other – 6 Guinea Fowl St, Lenasia, 1821
Cape Town Programme
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19:30pm Arrival Cape Town International
9:00 – 10:30am International Church
19:00pm Exhibition of Art work – Al Iklaas Library, Islamia Gallery
19:20pm Screening of Radiance of Resistance Documentary
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SABC Interview – 20 July 2017
Radiance of Résistance – Documentary Screening
Radiance of Résistance tells the story of Janna Ayyad 9 years old, and Ahed Tamimi 14 years old that live under military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna Ayyad has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. Ahed won the Handala Courage Award from Turkey when she was 13 and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian nonAhed won the Handala Courage Award from Turkey when she was 13 and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.