Have you been to `google` NK yet? No? Not to worry, the reason for the study visit is because the majority of people (including myself) have exactly the same response. But how can you know the true story from Wikipedia? NK is a non-recognised country within Azerbaijan, they identify as being Armenian, a Christian country. These are the facts as I have been told. What I expect to see, I don’t know. I know I will learn about what is going on there and hope that I can do it justice here.
When peace is all about the journey and not the destination; it has got to be in everything that you do. I keep going back to a statement that Lusine, a friend in NK said in Yerevan, Armenia “We are not at war, but it feels like it.” How can I possibly understand what this is like? I don’t think I ever will but a chance to see what is happening and hear others stories at least will give me the opportunity to try.
Two very different experiences; the World Council and a study visit to NK; two very important parts of the work the World YMCA does. One thing they both have in common; Empowering Young People to be the change they want to see in the world.
“Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Theresa
By Rachel Dyne