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My personal story:
Growing up, I always thought that seeing UN cars around and soldiers was normal.... Figures out it is not really!!

When 4-5 years ago, Cypriots had to take a hard decision that would have ended the status quo that I have lived all of my life in, it was obvious we were not ready to do so. Everything I've learnt to know seemed bogus at the time.
At that period I took the decision to learn more, not to take things for granted, to re-start a personal struggle of self discovery, to face the truth, to confront fear and prejudice, to reach to others and my own self, to live with others in my island and around the world.
Why I want peace:
Because I don't want fear
Interests and activities:
Listening to the radio, wasting my time, travelling
Something you didn't know about me:
I am starting to like not knowing what I'll be when I grow up
How I found
Through Eyal
What I want to achieve here:
Meet people
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At 2:40pm on April 13, 2009, mohmmafd said said…
hi friend i like every person in the world like peace for happy
At 9:05am on April 1, 2009, Eyal Raviv said…
Hi Maria, Cyprus is lovely! It's leaving a good impression
At 6:15pm on March 29, 2009, Imad malka said…
How are you I hope you are well my name Imad from Gaza Strip and want to connect together and thank you for your stance in support of peace
my email
At 2:07pm on March 29, 2009, Mahmood Sairally said…
Dear Maria,

I am glad to have met you here. I have sent you a request to be my friend and to have you in my list of contacts.

It is not nice to live in a country which is divided and with UN soldiers to keep peace. I have known this state of affairs here in Germany before the demolishing of the wall in Berlin and the opening of the frontiers, I would prefer barriers, not only between East and West but also in the minds of the people. It will another decade or two before those living in East Germany will grasp the Germany is united. It could be the same in Cyprus or am I mistaken? You can contact me, if you so wish, under

Wish you a nice and enjoyable Sunday. Kindest regards.

At 8:17pm on March 25, 2009, Yuki Togawa said…
Life is joy.
At 5:20pm on March 9, 2009, Wizam Khoury said…
heyyy Maria i'm fine thanks and i'm fine too what about you i hope you be fine
At 2:43pm on February 7, 2009, Deffala Deffala said…
how are you Maria?
At 12:04pm on January 12, 2009, Stewart Mills said…
Hi Maria,

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a great place to volunteer.

Here is some information on volunteering at NS/WS:

According to the website Raida is organising the volunteers. I think the details are still current.

It was good to read your personal reflection on growing up in Cyprus. I remember meeting some Cypriots at Neve Shalom who came for the School of Peace.


At 6:01am on January 6, 2009, Tariq Mehmood Choudhry said…
Hi Maria

Good morning
What are your assignments now a days

At 4:11am on December 31, 2008, Sue Wolpert said…
You ask what I think about what is going on in Gaza...
I feel a sinking feeling in my heart about what is happening in Gaza now. I get impatient when I get stuck in a traffic jam. When I am trying to go somewhere and I cannot because the people in front of me are blocking the way; In the same way, I can feel that the majority of people on both sides of the border want to come to a new reality of relations of which they can be proud to live normal, (or extraordinary) lives, but it seems we have to wait until more people get off the highway. In this case the highways are the cow paths in our minds. A cow path is the route the cow takes every day without any reflection. The cow always ends up in the same place. We have habits of thinking that tell us we must respond in a certain way. People fall back on old patterns when they feel afraid or angry. The old patterns are often shared by the people you are most connected to.

What I want to see is people opening up to the humanity of our supposed enemies; To test the waters of peaceful engagement on a grand scale. I want people to be able to become conscious in the moment that they have a choice to cause harm or be of benefit. I would like people to dust off the all of the crud that has piled on top of their highest values, and to put those values out where both they and all of the people they come in contact with will see them.

I believe that for the most part people know how to behave towards other human beings. The problem comes when we only include some people as being as worthy as we are. People have different dreams of what it means to have a good life. We first learn the definition of a good life from our family and friends and the world that we grow up in. But we are capable of advancing our thinking and including more of the world. We live in an age where the entire world is connected. But we do not yet know how to all work together. Individually we have to be courageous and confront what holds us back individually and collectively from broadening our minds.

I have participated in dialog groups and found myself later regretting what I said. I say to myself, “I think that? I don’t want to think that”.
I myself have the most trouble when I am torn between my identity as a Jew and my identity as a world citizen. One is grounded in family, tradition, history. The other is pulled forward by my dreams and the present reality. We need to sort out individually and more importantly, collectively what are the treasures from our traditions and where we need let things go.

It is risky business, but a risk worth taking.


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