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AEI Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945

In front of the Separation Wall at the Rachel’s Tomb Area in Bethlehem, in solidarity with the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the AEI - Sumud Story House with its women's group members as well as members of the AEI university group remembered all the people who lost their families and children and those who were injured and killed when the nuclear bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During a Holy Mass at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem we prayed for God to give the survivors faith in order to keep their sumud (steadfastness) and perseverance.

Prayers read:

God of peace, give us inner peace in order to help, forgive and love each other to reach real peace for all countries in conflict and war...

We pray for all families who lost members (children, youth or old) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and we ask our Lord Jesus Christ to give them determination and perseverance to continue their life with Hope…

We pray for God to help all people who were injured in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and give them the good will to continue their life in a normal way…..

We ask God to open the leaders’ eyes and hearts to end all kinds of injustice…

Al Sabeel and AEI

Aim and objectives: Knowing each, exchanging each others experiences, strengthening the concept of sumud, and cooperation between the two organizations.

Date: 30/6/2010

Place: At the AEI Youth House- Open Windows

          Lunch at ‘Ush Ghrab in Beit Sahour

Time: 9:30- 4:30

Organizations: Al Sabeel from Jerusalem

                        AEI / Youth House- Open Windows


Participants: AEI 3 groups (25 participants)

                     Al Sabeel (20 participants)

We began the meeting by a presentation about the two organizations.

Then we explained the RRCA method, taking quotes from the Bible and Al Qur’an

"يشتد علينا الضيق من كل جانب و لا ننسحق,نحار من أمرنا و لا نيأس"

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing”(2Cor.8)

"يا أيها الذين آمنوا أصبروا و صابروا و رابطوا و اتقوا الله لعلكم تفلحون"

“O ye who believe; persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other and fear God, that ye may prosper”

After the RRCA we divided the group into 3 small groups and asked them to discuss 2 questions:

  1. What does it mean to you - the words Sumud and Hope?
  2. How can you as a woman live Sumud and hope in such a difficult situation?

At 12:30 we went to ‘Ush Ghrab in Beit Sahour for lunch and we had a typical Palestinian dish (Musakhan).

Then we met Mrs. Hind Murad, the Palestinian ambassador: in France, and we asked her many questions about her role as a woman and we discussed how we as women can be active and work to change our society.

At last we ended the meeting by reciting some prayers.

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