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Friday, June 24, 2005

Parents' Circle

Full marks to Christian Aid for its recently-formed partnership with Parents’ Circle, a group which brings together bereaved parents from both sides of the conflict. This seems to me an immeasurably more positive step towards peace than supporting organizations which deny their own side’s contribution to the violence. These parents are apparently learning to really listen to each other’s stories and to discover how much they have in common. This is a process that can lead them to confront the reality that responsibility for violence is shared – and when that happens the foundations of trust are laid upon which peace and justice can be built.

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