Over the past two years, border tensions between Thailand and Cambodia have led to a number of military confrontations along the border, and a souring of political relations. On both sides of the border, deeply engrained mutual distrust and historical grievances have fueled these tensions. Thailand’s domestic political crisis and growing nationalism in Cambodia have both exacerbated the situation.
Banen Chaney served as an "Organize the Hope" intern with AFSC in Kansas City during the Spring semester of 2010.
By Banen Chaney, former intern with AFSC Kansas City
First, I will say that this AFSC internship has been a great experience and I feel that it has really helped me grow as a person. My desire of educating individuals on the potential for peace has dramatically increased, and I plan to continue my work, even without the title of “Peace Studies Intern.”
The Help Increase the Peace (HIP) program was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world.
Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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