Iraqi refugees and U.S. veterans of the Iraq War shared a meal together in a Pittsburgh art gallery surrounded by murals depicting the human cost of the war in Afghanistan. The unusual group was marking the end of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit in Pittsburgh, which had drawn over 1,100 people in the course of its one-month stay. But they were doing something else too. They were picking up the threads of a conversation.
High school is often a time of judgment and isolation. At New Garden Friends School, where the students are encouraged to accept their differences and create a loving community, discrimination can sometimes feel like a distant notion. Last Friday, the NGFS Upper Division took time out of their weekly all-school meeting for worship to let us share a film and open up conversation about prejudice and tolerance.
Scarcity of grazing land has led to conflicts among pastoralist communities living along both sides of the Kenya and Somalia border. In Elwak, Somalia livestock is the main source of livelihood for the residents and the same is true for neighboring communities living on the other side of the border in Kenya. Unfortunately with limited space, violent conflict led to preventable deaths.
Community dialogue is held in the bordering El-Wak towns on the Somali and Kenya sides.
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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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