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Josua's Journey for peace

and the ILC-Jaijagat fellowship programme for young leaders

"I was curious to know about this programme, and luckily was assigned by my organisation to take part in this movement. I doubted myself if I could walk such a long journey. But my enthusiasm, curiosity defeated my doubt.

So I decided I had to take part."

- Josua Situmorang, KPA, Indonesia

Josua arrives at Bhopal International airport.

Josua Situmorang is one of nine young leaders chosen from the ILC network to march for a better future with the ILC-Jai Jagat 2020 fellowship programme.

The march took them on a 100km journey through the congested roads of Central India to the paddy fields of rural communities, while learning the principles of the non-violence movement.

Their mission? Learn the principles well enough to go home and apply them in their own communities, while connecting to each other through a global peer network.

Photos/Videos: Jason Taylor/ILC

Part 1: Josua arrives in India

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Josua jumps on a rickshaw to meet the other fellows

...”it will be an incredible experience in my life”

-Josua

The workshop begins

Part 2: the workshop

Josua meets the fellow youth activists for the first time.

You too can meet all of them here.

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Coming from all corners of the globe, the nine young activists share a common goal and will spend weeks together learning the principles of the

non-violence movement.

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“We will bring something meaningful back to our communities”

- Josua

Rajagopal P.V., founder of Ekta Parishad, led the march and the fellows in their non-violent movement teachings.

The march begins

PART 3: One in the same

As the journey beings, Josua discovers that India's struggles for land rights is similar to that of Indonesia.

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"1% of Indonesian people own or control more than 50% of our land"

- Josua

Young women from a local college show support for the marchers

part 4: building a movement

Josua asks Rajogopal what it takes to build ownership of a non-violent movement.

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Rajogopal sits down with the fellows to discuss how to build a social movement

"A non-violent society, according to me, is a society where people are non-violent between their relations, between people, but also non-violent with nature."

-Rajagopal

As the march carries on, Rajagopal offers words of advice to the fellows, building on his decades of experience mobilising social movements across India and empowering young people - our future leaders - towards peace and justice.

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Marchers arrive at a medical college to give a presentation to the students

part 5: the long walk

Josua reflects on the people he meets and places he sees along the way, with land rights struggles always at the forefront.

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"We stopped and had many discussions about land issues. How the people in the area do not have land (rights), about their problems and challenges we share."

-Josua

After over 70km of walking, continuing the conversation around land issues

Part 6: The Final Chapter

What's next for Josua and the other fellows?

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"My mission is to make the non-violence community popular among young people in Jakarta"

-Josua

More insights from the fellows in their blog entries

read them!

Jai Jagat 2020: a global peace campaign

Learn more