Robat Idris has been elected as the new Chair of the Reconciliation Society during the organisation’s annual meeting. Alongside this, Elin Hywel, a Plaid Cymru councillor for North Pwllheli, has been elected as Vice-Chair. 

Robat Idris, previously the Vice-Chair, will succeed Rhun Dafydd as Chairman. Rhun Dafydd, who was the youngest ever Chair of Cymdeithas y Cymod, is stepping down after three years of service. Idris, hailing from Ynys Mon, brings extensive experience in campaigning for justice in Wales with organisations such as Cymdeithas yr Iaith and PAWB. 

In light of increasing divisions within our communities and global conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine, Sudan, and other regions, the role of organizations like Cymdeithas y Cymod in promoting peace and reconciliation has never been more critical. 

Upon her election, Elin Hywel stated, "I am extremely proud to have been elected Vice-Chairman of Cymdeithas y Cymod. Recent wars and conflicts have had lasting and irreversible effects on our world. As humanity suffers from these crises, the call for reconciliation must be loud. Yet, in the face of these challenges, there is often only a whisper of peace. Our movement is crucial, offering hope and an alternative future in these dark times." 

Robat Idris added, "Every era faces challenges, but today’s seem particularly intense, with destructive powers growing stronger. It can be overwhelming to know where to start, but we are determined to raise our voice for reconciliation and peace. Conflicts and wars not only devastate lives and cultures but also exacerbate the climate crisis. The fate of regions like Palestine, Ukraine, Congo, Sudan, Maghreb, Yemen, Libya, and Syria reflects the planet’s fate unless change occurs. Reconciliation and problem-solving must come through dialogue. 

"These issues may seem distant, but Wales must recognise the need to reject the arms and war industry, striving instead to create job opportunities that benefit humanity and the environment. I hope Cymdeithas y Cymod can strengthen its connections with other advocates for reconciliation and peace, ensuring our diverse voices guide humanity towards a safe harbour." 

Rob and Elin have now commenced their three-year term on the organization’s executive committee. 

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