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[7 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Tribute to Two Remarkable Leaders

Kimberly Weichel
Peace X Peace CEO
“I have been inspired by the leadership, commitment, dedication, and passion of these two accomplished women, and I appreciate all  they have done to open doors for women everywhere.”
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Peace X Peace pays tribute to the remarkable legacies of  former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, who both stepped down last week. It’s an opportunity to take stock not only of their many accomplishments during these past four years, but also of the lasting impact of their exceptional …

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[6 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Reconciliation and Reality: A Fragile Hope Survives

Sabina Pstrocki-Šehović
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Without being critical, it is common for many to simply accept the dominating media discourse, even though it is getting us far from truth and away from constructive dialogue.”
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I recently took part in a program called Ambassadors of Reconciliation, which gathered participants from three countries of our region Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. For some people, I must say, reconciliation among these three countries still sounds impossible. Some admit that they don’t want it, and victims naturally still hope for retaliation, whereas for others it seems …

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[29 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Mother, Forgive Us if We Are the Next Martyrs

Anonymous*
Hama, Syria
“What shall I tell my mother, as she is still suffering and this news will increase all the pain of the last 30 years? Many days had passed, and we were sad and grieving yet still peacefully protesting.”
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Every mother, daughter, wife, father, and child has tragic experiences in Abi Al Fedaa, namely: the city of Hama. The most difficult pain is when you are trying to overcome 30 years of pain from the past and then one is faced with even greater pain in the present time. It all …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[29 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
An Unlikely Match

PeacePlayers Team
Washington, D.C.
“PeacePlayers gave me the chance to play basketball, which is rare in the Arab community, and it made me more ambitious for the future.” – Manal, East Jerusalem
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It was an unlikely match. In April of 2010, Romy, a bubbly Jewish girl from the Israeli town of Herzliya, arrived at her first basketball tournament run by PeacePlayers International (PPI), a non-profit that uses basketball to bring children together in areas of conflict. Amidst the tournament action on the court and the playing around in the stands, Romy made two …