Melbourne artist tribute to Zomi Frankcom calling for ceasefire

By Our Reporter

Zomi Frankcom, who worked tirelessly with the World Central Kitchen (WCK) in Gaza epitomised the finest qualities of Australians: selflessness, courage, and compassion. Her life embodied the values we all aspire to, reflecting the true essence of being Australian.

In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, a mural has been painted by artist Peter Seaton (CTO Art) in memory of Zomi near Southern Cross station on La Trobe Street. Peter was deeply moved by the conflicts and wars happening around the world and felt compelled to speak out through his art. Inspired by Zomi’s selfless actions, he created this mural as a tribute to her and a symbol of his commitment to peace.

Artist Peter Seaton (CTOArt) felt strongly about the human rights abuses taking place, but when Zomi, an Australian who selflessly supported people in need, it hit home even more, and he immediately set to work on the mural, expressing his feeling about the situation.

Coupled with this tribute, the #DPCW hashtag represents the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, a global initiative initiated by HWPL to cease conflict through law. The DPCW, proposed by HWPL, is a legal framework for peace. It lays out principles to prevent conflicts, promote peaceful coexistence, and build a culture of peace. With 10 articles addressing conflict resolution, it bans the use of force, encourages peaceful dispute resolution, and supports interfaith dialogue. The goal is lasting peace by tackling root causes of conflict and promoting cooperation among nations.

Zomi’s courageous actions, immortalised in art, serve as a poignant reminder of the     importance of promoting peace and ending human rights abuses worldwide.

The mural was completed with support from a non-partisan International non-profit, HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light). Internationally and within Australia, HWPL is affiliated with various local communities, policy-makers, ethnic groups, youth and women organisations, religious people and media to promote multicultural harmony and sustainable peace.

“We’ve partnered with this non-partisan charity to promote the DPCW as a solution to wars” stated Peter (Artist, CTO Art). “The significance of the DPCW couldn’t be understated as a declaration on a legislative level, resolving conflicts through the pen rather than the rifle of a gun.”

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