Russian Ambassador the Guest of Honour at the opening of the Children's Memorial Peace Park in Kathmandu
(Kathmandu, 4 November 2011)
UNICEF Representative Ms. Hanaa Singer and Russian Ambassador to Nepal Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin remembered the
deceased children of the decade-long armed conflict in Nepal at the opening of the Children’s Memorial Peace Park in
The park was conceived and designed by the Siddhartha Art Gallery and World Peace Propagation Forum.
Lead by traditional Nepali music, guest of honor Velichkin and Singer unveiled the inscription of more than 300
names of children who were killed during the decade-long conflict. WPPF, that struggled to acquire the land for purpose
of building the park, also launched a national monthly Pratham Paila on the occasion. The first issue of the magazine
documents the effort of the forum in creating the wonderful space. Speakers also offered their gratitude to musicians
in attendance, many of whom had helped compile an album, gratis, to help the cause.
In most conflicts engendered by adults, children find themselves stuck in the crossfire; this sentiment was brought
home by the moving speeches delivered by the speakers. "Let us hope that this memorial will be a beacon that will
always guide the adults in this country towards the path of peace and negotiation, and not towards violence and
conflict," Ms. Singer added.