Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII-Condivisione fra i Popoli Launches EU-Funded Summer Camp for School Children in Hebron
- Published on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:46
The 1st of July 2012, the Summer Camp for children will begin in the village of Al Mufaqarah, a small village in the South Hebron Hills, close to At-Tuwani village.
It will take place in Al Mufaqarah to stress the rights of the children to keep living in their land, despite the lack of human facilities like electricity and the access to water.
The camp will last for two weeks and will be attended by about 130 children from several villages of the Masafer Yatta area: Al Mugaqarah, At-Tuwani, Tuba, Magayr Al Abeed. Every morning trainers will facilitate games and several educational and artistic activities for children, with the aim of promoting peace education within communities and enhance conflict transformation skills through the philosophy of knowing 'the other' better by means of dialogue. A one day trip to visit the city of Tulkarem is planned. Children will receive also T-shirts and hats.
"This year the summer camp has two purposes" says Hafez Huraini, leader of the Popular Resistance Committee of South Hebron Hills, "First: to create chances of encounter where children can play and have positive experiences.
They can feel free, even for a few hours, from the pressure that the occupation exercises daily on our lives. Second: to increase the real unity among communities in South Hebron Hills, threatened by the Israeli displacement policies, and to enforce their commitment in the nonviolence resistance."
The summer camp will end on July 14th with the Festival of Nonviolent Resistance, a celebration which pays tribute to the people of the South Hebron Hills who chose to act in nonviolent ways against daily human rights violation.
Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII – Condivisione fra i Popoli is an Italian non-profit NGO which aims, through human solidarity, to remove the root causes of injustice. Operation Dove, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the NGO Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII – Condivisione fra i Popoli has worked in the South Hebron Hills since 2004. Through their constant presence, Operation Dove volunteers act as a deterrent to the use of violence. They monitor daily human rights violation, denouncing all forms of injustice, allowing people to carry out their daily activities. They also raise public and media awareness through the spreading of reports and news.
The event is one of the activities inside So Far So Close III, a project implemented by Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII – Condivisione fra i Popoli, in partnership with Alternative Information Center and funded by the European Union.
This project is funded by the European Union