Andrea is spending her spring break on a service learning trip in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Yesterday her group toured the "peace walls" or "peace lines" — barricades built to help stop the violence between the unionists and the loyalists.
Listening to each side’s view of the issues and the long history of the injustice perpetrated each upon the other, you can begin to feel the deep enmity between the two groups.
On the one hand, it’s remarkable that a wall can help to secure peace, which is why people like Andrea stop to write encouraging and inspiring words on the wall.
Yet it’s tragic that the human condition makes that necessary.
Andrea’s group is studying how to work with young children to change the culture of hatred that breeds such violence. It’s noble and hopeful work, in a world that so desperately needs peace and love.
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