Mr. Mohamed Dekkak travelled in Paris, France and attended a colloquium marking the Centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018. It is primarily held to commemorate all those precious lives that were lost during the Great War.
The main purpose of the event is to discuss the incidents that transpired which leads to the First World War as well as the post-war implications. Many intellectuals, scholars attended the seminar.
On November 11, 2018, the world will observe the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. A ceasefire happened on November 11, 1918, ending the war in Western Europe. This came after four years of intense struggle. On that fateful day in 1918, the armistice marked the end of a historical event that changed the lives of our families forever.
As a result of opposing colonial ambitions and a network of alliances, the war happened between the armed forces of France, Great Britain, Russia, Canada and the United States against those of Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. A total of 30 countries got involved in the turmoil.
The First World War was a turning point in world history. Over 16 million lives were lost. No one knew what kind of war it was going to be or how long it would last. But men were rushed and join in order to protect their loved ones and show patriotism to their very own land.
When the war started in August 1914, many young men were sent into the battle while women suffered from the physical and mental effects of warfare in hospitals at home and on the front line. It left families without a father, a brother and sons. No place was left unaffected by loss, which lasted for four years.
Apart from these negative outcomes, these four years of struggle are also marked with great resolution and tenacity. It was the time when unique solutions for important provisions were discovered such as tea bags, wristwatch and first aid kit. Women have stepped up to pursue new roles and have helped in taking care of the wounded soldiers. Volunteers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other parts of the world came together in service and solidarity.
The war had profound consequences in the health of the troops of 60 million European soldiers who were mobilised from 1914 to 1918.
As a consequence of the war, on June 1919, a peace treaty is signed at Versailles. Germany was held liable for all the loss and impairments and must pay hefty reparation. In 1920, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman empires are dismantled making way for new countries. Germany had given up approximately 15 percent of its territory to France, Denmark, Belgium and Poland.
Memorials were erected in thousands of villages and towns. The poppy flower became the symbol of the First World War. It reformed the world map and changed the way we are governed, our national identity and opened our eyes to what will happen if peace is not achieved and forbearance is thrown away.
The conference for the Centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018 effectively highlighted the heroes who bravely fought and did not cease until harmony is realized.