Indonesia, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse democracies, has recently been plagued by outbreaks of religious and ethnic intolerance and violence.  At age 22, Yeni Sufaeni is one of 16 young people of Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, and Hindu backgrounds who responded to religious tension and potential violence in their city by carrying a peace torch in the annual Easter Festival parade.

After attending an AFSC-sponsored Pluralism workshop, Yeni now encourages others to see “differences as beautiful.”  She’s proud that the original sixteen torchbearers have multiplied to nearly 300 peacemakers in Kupang and nearby cities and villages.