Through a friend in India I came to know about an innovative initiative called Friends Without Borders, which is involving kids of India and Pakistan in building peace relations.

Here’s what they say: “All across India, tens of thousands of children have begun writing heartfelt letters to the students in Pakistan. All across Pakistan, tens of thousands of children are replying with heartfelt letters back. New connections are being made. New friendships are being formed. Imagine if all the schools from both nations were to participate? What will happen when this generation grows up?”You can find out more about their work on their website. Interestingly, this initiative started with two American volunteers!!

They are now planning a friendship concert on the India-Pakistan border on 14-15 August 2007 (the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ independence). In order to seek the Indian PM’s permission for the concert, they have set up an online petition which I think all of us should support. Unfortunately, they have received only about 500 signatures so far. We need not only to sign this petition ourselves, but also to spread the word so all our Indian and Pakistani friends sign it too. I know I can rely on you for this good cause. Please share it with everyone you know and encourage them to sign the petition.

Here is the link to the online petition:

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