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[20 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Me, the UN? I’m the One Who Observes and Reports

Luna Kalas
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“I wear sunglasses while talking to these people and I know exactly how inappropriate that is. Sunglasses make people look cool and arrogant and I don’t need that look right now. But I can’t take them off because then I would  need to explain why the UN is crying.”
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Two of us are sitting in the only decent room in the biggest dump of a hotel you can imagine. The power is off and our laptops are about to die. We drink beer. We’re both tired. I don’t …

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[14 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Peace: An Inside-Out Approach

Barea Sinno
Lebanon/Canada
“Two options present themselves to Lebanese citizens:  Either play the game or resent the game but still comply by the governing rules.”
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They call Beirut the Paris of the Middle East.  They also refer to it as a bridge between East and West.  While these metaphors ring true, implicit in this amalgam of cultures is an non-existent (or potpourri at best) national identity.  Identities divide and inspire hatred and wars.  In theory Lebanon, my country of birth, is supposed to be an oasis of love and peace.  It is anything …

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[13 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
My First Step into Peace Work

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“Why NOT Congo? I put the human in me first to reach out to the human there in distress. I put the woman in me first to reach out to the woman there in trouble.”
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Four months ago, I chanced upon a tweet from Women in War Zones that in the days to come would change my perception of life.
It read, “Hey guys! We’re recruiting design and creative interns! About to launch an exciting new season!”
I was intrigued. Here’s an organization dealing with the two things I’m most passionate …

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[12 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Peruvian Finger Puppets for Peace

Martha Llanos*
Peru
“The role of finger puppets is unique because they are placed on your own hands, so you literally have your world and your life on your fingers and you can start making stories. They can also help build intercultural understanding.”
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I founded the Peace Ambassadors Programme because I believe that the arts are a strong vehicle for peacebuilding.  I work hard to advocate play and arts as ways to develop creativity in children and adults, to encourage self and collective expression, and to strengthen people’s identities and …