Belfast Telegraph

US-style peace camp comes to Belfast

A special peace camp is taking place in Belfast this week for teenagers from around the world who have lost loved ones in acts of terror — the first time held outside America.

The group is staying at Elms Village Halls Of Residence at Queens University as they learn to move beyond their grief — and become peacemakers themselves.

The project, sponsored chiefly by the post-9/11 charity Tuesday's Children, involves 65 teens who have lost parents or other relatives in a wide range of terror attacks and ethnic conflicts.

Half of the campers had family killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Some come from opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Others are Spaniards targeted by the Basque separatist group ETA.

Alongside arts, sports and tourism, participants receive counselling from specialists in the art of mediation.

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