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Want peace, Do the Work of Peace

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Fr. Joseph, a Jesuit priest and native of the Central African Republic, told us, “People are tired of war. They are so tired.” Innocent civilians have been caught in what must feel like endless cycles of violence. They are displaced, then displaced from that displacement, only to be displaced again. Despite that, they continue living with hope for a better future.

Even in the middle of violent episodes, mothers go out to collect food and wood so that their children can eat. We asked a group of parents from the preschool’s parents association, “What gives you hope?” Their answer was simple. “Education.” They want their children to have a chance. They want them to go to preschool, primary and high school, and even beyond so that they have at least a chance for a better life than the pare