If they were President, 97 percent of Sri Lankan children will abandon war for peace, shows island wide children’s poll. If they were President, 97 percent of Sri Lankan children will abandon war for peace, shows island wide children’s poll. The children of Sri Lanka – a tropical island that has seen nearly 20 years of armed conflict, now on hold under a cease fire agreement – want peace.
The children voiced their opinion about the island’s war-on-hold and stalled peace process, through a survey commissioned by the Children As Zones of Peace (‘CZOP’) – a collaboration of local and international NGOs and UN agencies.
The Children’s Opinion Poll surveyed 1,500 children between the ages of 9 and 16, from different religions, ethnic groups and socio economic classes.
A majority of Sri Lankan children surveyed preferred to promote peace and bridge political and ethnic differences, instead of resorting to arms.
“If they were President, only 3 percent of Sri Lankan children would be in favor of fighting a war,” said a statement from the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), based on the survey.