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Jul 18, 2014

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict | ASSOCIATED PRESS

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region. Seeds of Peace, a lakeside camp in rural Otisfield, Maine, has brought together teenagers from countries at war for more than 20 years. Its counselors, also from Middle Eastern countries, say they all are united by fear of the violence raging overseas and … FULL STORY

Jul 16, 2014

Seeds of Peace Op-Ed | MSNBC

BY DONNA STEFANO | Last month I attended a gathering of Israeli and Palestinian organizations to discuss the collapse of the US-led peace initiative. I pointed out the challenge of mapping out a new strategy when so many Israelis and Palestinians are disillusioned with negotiations, noting that the only certainty we have in this region is that a single unforeseen event can take us down a path we would never have predicted. The very next day, a few miles down … FULL STORY

Jun 17, 2014

How to build peace, one teenager
at a time | Christian Science Monitor

BOSTON — It is not uncommon for people to roll their eyes when I tell them I work in the field of peacebuilding. Given that my work focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, people often joke that I am terrible at my job. I understand this reaction: It’s hard to look at the state of affairs in these regions and feel optimistic. Each day brings a fresh wave of injustice, violence, and political cowardice. And yet, I am … FULL STORY

Sep 15, 2013

Teens cross Augusta’s Memorial Bridge for Seeds of Peace | KENNEBEC JOURNAL

AUGUSTA | The 100 or so golden-shirted teens striding across Memorial Bridge Sunday morning proclaimed their support of Seeds of Peace, an organization aiming to inspire leadership and cross-cultural understanding among youngsters. It was the second year a group marched across a bridge in the state for that cause. Last year, teens crossed a small wooden bridge in Otisfield, at a Seeds of Peace camp. Next year, it’s a bridge in Bangor. The Bridges to Peace Global march Saturday was … FULL STORY

Jul 6, 2013

Egyptians at camp in Maine watch events unfold in homeland from more than 5,000 miles away | ASSOCIATED PRESS

OTISFIELD, Maine | Nearly two-dozen Egyptians who arrived in Maine last month at a special camp aimed at helping Israeli and Arab teens overcome their differences will return home to a country that ousted its leader following the largest demonstrations seen in their homeland. Read the rest of David Sharp’s article in The Washington Post ››

Jun 26, 2013

Message of hope kicks off Seeds of Peace camp | LEWISTON SUN JOURNAL

OTISFIELD, MAINE | The answer is simply hope. That was the message Lina, a young Palestine resident, gave to more than 200 Seeds of Peace campers who gathered Wednesday morning to raise their nation’s flags and join hands and voices in a unity unknown in some of their homelands. “Here at the Seeds of Peace, I learned there is still hope in the world,” said Lina, who lives on a small patch of land occupied by the Israeli military — … FULL STORY

May 20, 2013

The History Project: Inspiring Indian and Pakistani Children to Rethink the Past
| THE DIPLOMAT

A new project questions India and Pakistan’s shared historical narrative. Three young Pakistanis – Qasim Aslam, Ayyaz Ahmad and Zoya Siddiqui – are providing schoolchildren in India and Pakistan with an opportunity to critically analyze, evaluate and question significant events in their nations’ shared history and heritage. The History Project, comprising excerpts from three Indian textbooks and nine Pakistani textbooks, provides students an illuminating comparison of the ways that key historical events – leading up to partition – are taught … FULL STORY

May 12, 2013

Textbooks: Rethinking history
| THE NEWS ON SUNDAY (Pakistan)

In a unique project, a group of young people place side-by-side the two versions of history taught in textbooks in India and Pakistan—in order to introduce an alternative, neutral narrative to the students LAHORE | Is it time to re-write Pakistan and India’s shared history? To correct the past record? Even a cursory look at the History Project, a compilation of excerpts from three Indian and nine Pakistani textbooks about 16 historical events that took place between 1857 and 1947, … FULL STORY

May 2, 2013

Changing the Histories of India and Pakistan | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘Jinnah’?” Ayyaz Ahmad asks a Grade 10 history class in Mumbai. “He looks like Voldemort,” one girl says, prompting everyone to erupt in laughter. “Traitor,” said another, “Evil, responsible for partition [of India].” Many Pakistanis would be offended to hear children talk about the founding father of their country in such a way. But Mr. Ahmad isn’t surprised his question elicits this response. Indian history tends to portray Mr. Jinnah … FULL STORY


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