With international friends we recently watched a film, The Boy with the Blue Striped Pajamas, a touching, but tragic story of a German boy whose father is an SS officer and overseer of a WWII concentration camp. The boy wanders over to the camp, not understanding what it is, and befriends a Jewish boy behind the barbed wires. The film highlights the boy's ability to see beyond the politics and hatred taught by his society and family, to the humanity of his new friend.
Days later, we spoke to a representative of the U.S. State Department about the consequences of Turkish and Iranian bombing for the people in the border village areas, encouraging him to see past political jargon to the humanity of the people living in these regions. . .