“There is a conflict happening everywhere. This is about how you can make a difference in your own community” – Stephanny (K4P counselor), Bogota
Conflict comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. It takes up different spaces in different rooms. Especially in a room of middle schoolers who experience conflict in so many different ways through their lived experiences. Yesterday, our participants spent time defining conflict and hearing about different conflicts that impact their lives and different communities around the world. Participants heard stories about what how conflict has disrupted different societies in Bosnia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Columbia.
“Knowledge is power…and learning about things really gives you power to make a difference about it.” – Arwen, Unitarian Universalist, Seattle
While most of those our campers hadn’t had an opportunity to live and see the conflicts that had or have divided these countries, youth recognized that there is an importance in learning about different conflicts. After learning about the Bosnia conflict, one camper shared that it was “good to hear about a conflict” aside from the one she lived in Jerusalem and that it was “important to learn about other sides.”
The day ended in a celebration of music and dancing as a reminder that even in moments and discussions of conflict, there is power in hope, light, and unity.