by Amos Mokadi
Photographs by Ohad Romano
Over two hundred youngsters, most of whom are fifth
graders, travel from conflict areas in Europe, South
Africa and around the Mediterranean, to gather in Greece,
in order to compete for peace.
Theirs is not an ordinary combat – for stress
is not laid on beating the enemy, but, rather, on beauty
If there is strife, it is largely an inner one –
on whether young persons are able to overcome the common
urge to win at all costs, in favor of harmony and purity
One often misses home…
…but the reward, the deep and subtle absorption
of the spirit of Ekecheiria (which means "holding
of hands") is overwhelming.
There are great festivities –
and sadness in departing from friends,
nobly won in action!