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Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

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April 26, 2016

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Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

- Thich Nhat Hanh -

Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

"For more than 50 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (in Spanish, FARC) have been fighting a guerrilla war for social justice. In response, the rich and powerful created paramilitary forces to defend the existing social order. On both sides, those doing the fighting are mostly poor villagers and workers." In this interview, we learn of an extraordinary and unlikely friendship between Ciliana, a former member of the Paramilitary forces, and Claudia, a former FARC member -- both serving prison terms in a prison that houses women sentenced for violence on all sides of the conflict. Claudia and Ciliana are cellmates -- and best friends. In the midst of a divisive world they are exploring the meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation { read more }

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Reflect on a division or conflict you are personally involved in, perhaps with a friend, family member, stranger, or yourself. What can you do today to move towards peace and reconciliation?

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