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Violence ‘crosses all boundaries’

After walking across Canada, Imam Syed Soharwardy is used to great distances, but he said every step towards ending violence is an important one.

After walking across Canada, Imam Syed Soharwardy is used to great distances, but he said every step towards ending violence is an important one.

In 2008, Soharwardy walked from Halifax to Victoria in the name of ending domestic violence, and he brought that same idea to Calgary.

Approximately 100 Calgarians took part in the second annual Multi-Faith Walk to End Family Violence yesterday through Prince’s Island Park.

“Domestic violence is not a problem of a specific faith or a specific group or a specific ethnicity. It crosses ... all boundaries,” said Soharwardy.

Alliance to End Violence vice-president Bob Innes said domestic abuse and violence is often not discussed.

“Family violence is kind of tucked away, people don’t like to talk about it,” said Innes. “It’s a big problem and we’ve got to get it out.”

Soharwardy said he hopes the walk will continue to expand within the city to bring attention to the issue.

“I hope this walk will get bigger and broader and involve all Calgarians,” he said. “(Violence is) a cancer and that cancer has to stop.”

 
 
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