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[26 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part II

Zina Bhaia
Iraq
by permission from www.thenewsgazette.com
In America, I believed, no one was discriminated against because of their thoughts or ideas. And the women – like Laura in Remington Steele – were strong, as strong as American men, not like in Iraq, where women are always the shadow of a man.
Most important to me, though, was that in America and all the Western world, people like me – people with scoliosis, or amputees, blind and deaf people, those with a stutter, people in wheelchairs – are treated well. In Iraq, they are …

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This Week's Peace Action »

[26 May 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Share a quote about peace with a youth in your community.

Level: Community—Peace Principle: Witness
This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC, USA:

My favorite female peacebuilder is Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister.  Below are some moving quotes by her that demonstrate her insight, dedication, and understanding of peace and her people.

“A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.”
“I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.”
“It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
My Life Has Turned into a Hopeful One

Chantal Nimugire
Rwanda
I grew up and lived with my grandparent (0-6 years) and with my auntie (7-16 years) the whole of my childhood. My parents were living in other places. My mother was a single mother and I didn’t know my father. This was indeed a very sad and painful experience since the families where I stayed did not care to provide for me. In this situation, I greatly realized the importance of staying with your parents.
Out of my situation, I developed love, care, compassion, and advocacy for the rights of …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Piecing the Peaces with Fabric Art

Lee Porter
USA
In 1996 I spent a month at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. I was interested in what archaeological research added to understanding the Bible. But it wasn’t information under the ground, but what was happening on the ground, which had a profound effect on me.
Just before I arrived the Israeli government had assassinated a Palestinian leader and Palestinian suicide bombers had killed not only themselves but several Israelis. The Israeli government responded by not allowing over 100,000 Palestinian commuters to work in Jerusalem for over two months. This was …

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