2014 Campers and Young Leaders
For three weeks this summer, 16 young women from Palestine and Israel came to New Mexico to engage in dialogue, art, and social activities. While war raged between Israel and Gaza these young women courageously shared their stories of growing up in the conflict and under occupation. They learned to speak from a place of personal experience and to listen from a place of deep compassion. Led by women peacemakers who themselves live in the region, they opened their hearts to their so called enemies.
It was an intense and deeply moving summer for everyone involved. Going back home is always difficult for campers, and never more so than this year. The sadness of leaving new friends and allies, the excitement and relief of going back to families, and the vast gap between the acceptance, hope, and love of camp and the hurt, anger, and despair of war.
At Creativity for Peace we know the importance of providing support to our campers when they return home. For the transformations that occur at camp to endure, the young women need emotional support, opportunities for dialogue, and practical assistance to overcome the difficulties of traveling within and between Israel and Palestine.
Our staff there tell us that the 2014 campers have been actively using social media to stay connected. Next week they will reunite in person for three days to examine their experiences at camp, discuss the challenges they have faced since returning, and explore their hopes for the future.
Please join us in holding them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue their journeys as young leaders for peace.
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SALAM, SHALOM, PEACE, PAZ