In August 2016, BL4P hosted a peace camp in southeastern Turkey that brought together 75 young people from the Middle East and North America to engage in building a future of peace together.
Participants spent the week learning and practicing five peace values:
- celebrating diversity
- conflict resolution
- catalytic leadership through reconciliation and forgiveness, and
- changing the world
After being immersed in these topics, learning from each other, and growing as a community, participants spent the last two days serving Syrian refugee children. As a result of the week, cultural tensions were broken down, language barriers were overcome, and lasting friendships were built.
“BL4P was a spectacular experience for me for several reasons, one being that I wrote my first poem – about peace. It was an emotional moment for me. I believe in peace and I believe in myself more than before. I believe in my friends from different countries. I believe we can build peace which rules everywhere, because we are strong; not strong with our bodies and our power, but because we are strong with our feelings and our hearts and our souls.” – Zubyeir (Student/Peace Leader)
The MOVEMENT has begun!!!
Music: ‘En Las Rodillas’ by blien vesne (big shout out to the boys from La Plata, Argentina)