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Seeds of Peace campers learn life lessons

OTISFIELD (WGME) -- As clashes continue in the Middle East, some people from Israel and Palestine are finding their own peace right here in Maine.

Seeds of Peace, a camp in Otisfield, is giving people from all walks a life a sense of hope.

The current session has 130 high school students, or "seeds," from Maine and New York.

"I really learned the tools and skills that I need to be an effective leader back in my community," said Mohamed Nur, a seed.

That is exactly what camp leaders hope for.

"A lot of them have moved on to really interesting things. Some are working in congressional offices, some are in law school, some are in med school," said Tim Wilson, the camp's director.

This current group is just one that benefits from the resources at Seeds of Peace.  The next session is specifically for international students, some who live in countries currently facing political clashes and violence.

"I came here in 2009 with the Palestinian delegation," Dima Wahbeh explained. "So it was very intense and coming here has like made me break out of my comfort zone and face the other side and challenging my opinion and just being exposed to various point of views."

The international session will have 180 kids from eight different countries.  It starts up at the end of the month.