As knife crime in Britain’s capital city continues to steal lives, a giant mural has been unveiled in Shoreditch to remember the victims of stabbings—the words “Peace is Possible” stretched across the walls of local landmark Shoreditch House.
Designed by street artist Ben Eine, who in 2016 designed The Big Issue’s ‘Celebrate’ cover to mark our 200-millionth magazine sale, the mural is a reminder to both Londoners and visitors of the need to peacefully coexist in the capital, as deaths from stabbings in London reach 37 in this year alone.
Eine collaborated with global peace ambassador Prem Rawat on the Peace Wall. The phrase “Peace is Possible” is a message from Prem Rawat, who has spent five decades speaking to hundreds of millions people worldwide about the subject of peace. The Peace Wall is part of Prem Rawat’s larger campaign to use his international experience and Peace Education Programme (PEP) towards helping heal communities affected by violence.
Rawat said: “We need to address the fundamental causes of violence to stop these terrible tragedies happening again. The voice of boredom for young people has become overwhelming. We need to re-engage them in society. The Peace Education Programme has succeeded with some of the most violent prisoners and terrorists around the world. If the programme can help them, I believe peace education can help the young people of London.”
Prem Rawat will be addressing the subject of knife crime at an event in London with Pastor Lorraine Jones on 10th June. Pastor Lorraine Jones will bring her significant experience as a campaigner against youth violence to speak directly to a community heavily affected by this issue.