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Summer Camp Helps International Enemies Become Friends

Every summer kids from conflict-ridden regions attend the Seeds of Peace international summer camp in Maine. But this camp isn't just a chance for these children to have fun in America. At Seeds of Peace campers come face-to-face with their enemies, and together participate in a conflict-resolution program designed to help them confront differences and bring new understanding back home.

While arm-in-arm with her new Palestinian friend, Israeli 15-year-old Nadia Tibi told BBC: "Seeds of Peace is the best experience that ever happened to me. I've met people I never thought I would meet." On Fridays campers are invited to attend both Muslim and Jewish Services, so the can learn about one another’s religion and traditions.

Seeds of Peace began in 1993 with the hope that when teenagers see the human faces of their enemies, they will become a catalyst for a human solution when they grow up. Do you think a small group of leaders with this summer camp experience can make a difference?


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mushaboom mushaboom 7 years
This is really cool. The only way to overcome hate is to see how human and same we all are.
Meike Meike 7 years
I think this is an awesome idea. It's easier to understand where people are coming from when you personally get to know them and their culture.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I thought it was a bad idea to displace the Palestinian campers and put the Jewish campers in their cabin. I mean, what were they thinking?
catita85 catita85 7 years
This is an amazing initiative
catita85 catita85 7 years
This is an amazing initiative
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Silver, I hadn't really thought it out that far, but certainly (and hopefully!) that may be the case.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
What a great camp!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
What a great camp!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I think this is absolutely wonderful. It's definitely a step in the right direction. :)Cute steph. Cute. ;)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I think this is absolutely wonderful. It's definitely a step in the right direction. :) Cute steph. Cute. ;)
silversnowflake silversnowflake 7 years
I agree with you Michelin, but I think that it is a great start and addition for classmates who's parents are part of the problem. Won't those teenagers (and their siblings or parents) take notice of the way that teens who were at this camp treat others? Everything has to start somewhere. Plus we never do really know how much a group of kids can effect the world until they do.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
This is pretty cool. If this can prevent even one child from inheriting their parents hate and prejudice, that would be a beautiful thing. However, I doubt that any of the adults whose mind-set and prejudices are a part of the problem (and who would likely pass it on to their children) would allow their child to go to this camp.
stephley stephley 7 years
And yeah, I think camps like this can make a difference in future leaders.
stephley stephley 7 years
Maybe Liberty and Citizen should award camp scholarships to Citizen Sugar members.
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