Emotions run high at Seeds of Peace camp in Maine amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict | BANGOR DAILY NEWS
OTISFIELD, Maine — As young campers emerged from cabins on Thursday morning, some were holding each other crying, while others laughed and sang songs. Emotions have run high during this session of Seeds of Peace, a camp that brings teenagers from opposing sides of conflict zones around the world to the Maine woods for three weeks each summer.
The campers, about 180 of them, come from the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. They also come from warring neighbors Israel and Palestine.
The more somber campers had just finished what is referred to as “dialogue,” an hour and 45 minute-long session where the children converse with their peers from the countries they are in conflict with. The conversations are guided by trained adult facilitators.