For over twenty years, a summer camp in Maine has brought teens from countries in conflict to foster dialogue and resolution. Called “Seeds of Peace,” the majority of its campers travel from Israel, Gaza, and Palestine. The camp isn’t conflict-free, in fact, campers meet for intensive dialogues to unpack and inspect their political and cultural beliefs. And much of the work of peace-making is done in the meantime: in a canoe or on the ropes-course with “the enemy.”
Earlier this summer, I heard about the Seeds of Peace Camp for the first time from a friend in California who has seen it on the local news. By chance, two days later I had an assignment from New York-based the Jewish Daily Forward to photograph at the camp.
You can read The Forward’s fascinating article about the camp here.
All photos © Greta Rybus.