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One Peace

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One Peace celebrates the "Power of One," and specifically the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. Janet Wilson challenges today's children to strive to make a difference in this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled and fascinating volume of portraits of many "heroes for today." Canadian Craig Kielburger, who started Free the Children to help victims of child labor at the age of twelve, has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Farlis Calle, forced to identify the body of a young friend -- a victim of her country's civil war -- started the Columbia Children's Movement for Peace. At age ten, Kimmie Weeks, a refugee from the Liberian civil war, came within a whisper of being buried in a mass grave. Almost miraculously he survived and vowed to make a difference in the lives of other children. At thirteen he established Voices of the Future, Liberia's first child rights advocacy group. Other portraits feature the accomplishments of children from Sarajevo, Japan, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Afghanistan and the United States. These moving testaments to the courage and initiative of youth will inspire readers young and old.
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Text and illustrations copyright ©2008Janet Wilson All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Wilson, Janet, 1952  One peace / written and illustrated by Janet Wilson.
ISBN 9781551438924  1. PeaceJuvenile literature. 2. PacifistsJuvenile literature. 3. Children and peaceJuvenile literature. I. Title.
JZ5535.W54 2008 j327.1’72 C20089026888
First published in the United States,2008Library of Congress Control Number:2008927399
Summary: World peace is attainable through positive action. Examples are taken from the lives of child crusaders for peace.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Cover artwork by Janet Wilson Design by Teresa Bubela
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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One Peace: True Stories of Young Activistsis dedicated to young peacemakers who can be the change they wish to see in the world.
Individually they appear to be like snowflakes, small and fragile, but see what happens when they come together…
Everywhere in the world,people wantpeace.
The White Roots of Peace have spread out to cover the world. Anyone who obeys the Great Law of Peace, based on liberty, dignity and harmony, may trace the roots to their source and take shelter beneath the Tree. —Six Nations oral tradition
he boy stood by the fire as the women prepared graTndmother and mother paused, giving the boy their full the morning meal. With chin held high, he said, “The Creator has spoken to me in a dream.” His attention. “I have been chosen to stop wars and killing among nations.” Eight years before, the boy’s unmarried Huron mother had the same dream: the baby she carried would bring peace to the world. Her mother was angry and didn’t believe her daughter’s story. As the child grew, they noticed that the boy was extraordinarily kind, with a unique ability to see all points of view. Now the grandmother was certain that her daughter had spoken the truth. The Creator instructed the boy to build a white stone canoe. When it was finished, he set out on his journey to spread the Great Law of Peace and unite the warring Indian Nations. From then on, he was known only as the Peacemaker.
“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” —Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddist spiritual leader
or millennia our ancestors roamed the F land, using their strong natural instincts to hunt and gather the necessities of life. Violent skirmishes between tribes occurred over acts that threatened their survival. Over ten thousand years ago, people who lived in fertile lands began to farm and settle in communities. Farmers became more pros perous than their huntergatherer neighbors; this inequality led to clashes. The first soldiers armed themselves to protect their community. Later, wars were waged to acquire more land or resources. When wars began to be fought not out of necessity, but to protect or impose
“I was in a neighbor’s basement. We were there because they fired rockets at us. It was bad in the basement. It was dangerous. It was cold and dark and damp. We were there for a long time. One small girl went deaf because of the shelling. I was scared.”  —Saidat, 10, Chechnya
a belief system, soldiers began to be forced, or paid, to serve in armies. Then came another worldwide phenomenon—prophets of peace, such as the Peacemaker, who denounced war and encouraged people to love their neighbors and live in peace.
The progression of arms throughout history. As civilization developed, so did weapons of war. Soldiers fought handtohand with clubs and spears, and later with muskets and cannons. With the invention of weapons of mass destruction in the twentieth century, the face of war changed dramatically. In modern wars the majority of casualties are inflicted upon innocent civilians.
“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.”—Kofi Annan, former secretarygeneral of the United Nations
September 21 is theInternational Day of Peace. To join the worldwide movement to create a culture of peace and to find out what you can do to support peace and nonviolence, go to www.internationaldayofpeace.org.
Did you know that in the last decade:
 2,000,000 children were killed in armed conflict  10,000,000 traumatized  2,000,000 displaced within their own countries  250,000 displaced outside their home countries 1  8,00010,000 killed or maimed by landmines
Donations to UNICEF provide longterm help for services that promote the health and well being of children in developing and wartorn countries. To learn more about how to donate, 2 go towww.unicef.org.
The Peacemaker asked his followers to “bury their hatchets” for peace beneath the Great Tree of Peace.
Dream of Peace
Peace in our country, A truce in our land, Harmony in the world, All war banned. I live in Dungannon, I’ve never known peace, I’m tired of the choppers, Soldiers and police.
I’m tired of the sirens, The town’s like a cage, I wish there was peace, I’m eleven years of age. Laragh Cullen, 11 Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland
“I know there is a war going on but I don’t know why. I hear about bombs on the television, about bombs going off in shops and on buses, and it makes me afraid. What are my three wishes? I want to be an artist. I want to dance. And I want to be old.” —Three Wishes: Palestinian & Israeli Children Speak, Deb Ellis (House of Anansi Press)
Children don’t startwars.
“Politics are conducted by grownups, but I think we young would do it better. We certainly wouldn’t have chosen war. The politicians really are playing, which is why us kids are not playing. We are living in fear, we are suffering, we are not enjoying the sun and flowers. We are not enjoying our childhood. 3 WE ARE CRYING.”Zlata Filipovic´, 12, Yugoslavia
Saturday, July 17, 1993
Dear Mimmy, uddenly, someone is using the ugly powers of war to waSs made to enter the cold water against her will. I feel pull and drag me away from the peaceful and lovely shores of my childhood. I feel like a swimmer who shocked, sad, unhappy and frightened, and I wonder where they are forcing me to go. I used to rejoice at each new day—at the sun, at playing, at songs. I have less and less strength to keep swimming in these cold waters. So take me back to the shores of my childhood, where I was warm, happy and content, like all the children whose childhood and the right to enjoy it are now being destroyed.
Your Zlata