Nadia, aged 16

“You have not done enough, you have never done enough, as long as there is still something to which you can contribute.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

When you see someone in need, give them a helping hand.
Not so you can say you have done something good, for the sake of saying it, but for yourself, to be a better person, because you know it is the right thing to do.

If you see somebody crying, what do you do?
Do you just leave them, without saying a word, or do you take the first step forward, and ask them what is wrong, even if you are uncertain?

We are the ones that can do something.
We are the ones that can help others.
We are the ones that can bring peace to the world.
If only we try.

However, ask someone what they think of peace, and they will answer:
“It is when there is no war between two…”
Well, it is not only that. Peace is when everybody can accept each other as they are.
That is when we can call it peace.

That is, what peace is.
As long as we are not one big family, and peace has not yet been spread out to the entire world, we will still have work to do.

We, the children of the world, will only have accomplished our mission when there will be nothing more to which we can contribute.

When the world will be one home, with billions of different siblings living in it together, that all respect and accept each other and their differences, then,

there will be peace…

– From a child for a child


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