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Filmed in Cairo, Lahore, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Dubai and New York, this video celebrating the 20th anniversary of Seeds of Peace features some of our 6,000 alumni from the Middle East, South Asia and the US.
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What changed the way YOU think about peace?
Christina, Western Cape
The love that parents have for their children all over the world.
Dan, New York
When in Northern Ireland, I got to see the incredible opportunities for peace that young people can offer. Through cross-community contact and constructive dialogue, young people can provide hope for a peaceful future in historically divided societies.
Traveling to conflict areas changed the way I think about peace. Seeing how intractable war can be taught me that peace must be fought for and cannot be viewed as a luxury.
Mark, New York
Growing up surrounded by conservative, one-sided beliefs of older generations have instilled in me a drive to rebel against these values and change the way people think. This rebellious sentiment is very often encompassed by youth and is what is needed to overcome one-sided beliefs and create peace. Thus it is the youth that hold the solution to creating peace.
Erica, Long Island
For the first time, I felt like it had become my personal responsibility to create a more peaceful world. Seeds of Peace instilled a powerful message within me: What we do matters … the future is in our hands.
Jeremy Gilley’s “Peace One Day” video: those of us who live without the fear and bloodshed of war torn regions have the responsibility and the privilege to work for peace, starting with our own mindset.
ALL nations need peace. But the point is, what does peace mean in every nation?
PEACE–it is possible and these Seeds of Peace will make it a reality. God Bless ALL of YOU. Never underestimate the love of a “child” or their wisdom.
I felt joy and one by one we could make a difference in how we feel towards one another with our voice and make peace not war. If each and every one of us did something to help have peace the world would truly be a beautiful place to live in. We should understand one another and not hate!
Felipe, São Paulo
So beautiful! People usually don’t know the meaning of peace. Your work is precious. Thank you for making the world a better place.
When I was living in South Africa, with the Zulu People in the State of Natal (1986-90). When Mr. Mandela was released from prison, I listened to his speech on the radio. He said: “We are all South Africans; please throw your weapons into the sea.” It was just amazing.
I think my first trip to Israel/Palestine as a member of the Mid East Citizen Diplomacy Delegation in 2001. We met people on all sides in the midst of the Second Intifada and traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank. We went to Arrabah Village to the home of Asel Asleh to meet his father, Hassan, and his sister, Nardin, to hear the story of the life and death of this young Seed of Peace. The words of his father are with me today: “I feel angry. But there is no choice. Peace must be here. We must give our best time and best money and best children maybe, to reach this. I feel Asel and his friends are not the last victims here. We will try to stop the problems here in Israel. We need help from the outside. Don’t be sorry, just do something!”
If only a dialogue of peace were the goal of all. It has to start somewhere; so excited to see it come to life across the world, religions, genders, and now hopefully, ideologies.
Carmen, Oklahoma City
The fact that we continue to have war despite the lessons of history. My personal solution: intentional compassion, kindness and service.
Peace truly starts with one heart, one mind, one thought, within each of us. For me it started, after reading Wayne Dyer’s book, “Change your thoughts, change your life.” Now peace and compassion motivate my actions.