Peace Scholar Post: “Peace: Hope and Dialogue” by Marie-Aimée

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

-Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is my favorite Nobel Laureate. He is and will forever be my example to follow when my time comes to enhance and serve my community. The previous generation will not be with us forever and it is time for the new generation to make decisions. I have had the call to work for others, especially after the loss of my family in the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. A million innocent people were butchered while nobody reacted and I believe that in order to prevent this from happening again, we need to see one another as human beings.

After my stay at the Nansen Dialogue Center I was amazed to see how the center elaborated a framework of dialogue instead of debate. After spending a week with the students from the Balkans and how I could relate to their story, it reinforced my feeling of hope. The new generation can overcome the old mentality and come together to listen and understand one another. I think that something different can happen in this world. Pain is temporary and people should not give up. I believe that people have the power to make this world free and beautiful.

The International Summer School: Ninety-six countries are represented. It is the perfect opportunity to engage in dialogues/discussion with one another in order to break the barriers are realize that at the end although we have different cultures, speak different languages and live in different countries we first are human beings. I am thankful to be part of this experience, and be part of a group of students who logs to make this world a better place.


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