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June 04, 2010

Jamaica After The Violence

Jamaica After The Violence

Violence overtook Kingston, Jamaica last week when authorities hunted for an alleged drug lord in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.  More than 70 were killed, and the manhunt continues.

Ann McNamee is the director of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, which serves as a crime prevention program for at-risk youth. It holds its rehearsals in the danger zone. The program was shut down during the siege, cutting off access to the kids who need the program most. Dick talks with Ann, as well as two of her students, Jerome and Caline, about living through the violence, and what happens when the gunfire stops.

Combatants for Peace

The debate continues over the Israeli attack on the flotilla of ships headed to Gaza. The two sides are accusing one another and the diplomatic fallout for Israel is mounting.

Bassam Aramin and Yonatan Shapira have lived with that tension their whole lives. Bassan is a Palestinian from the West Bank who was jailed for planning an attack on Israelis. Yonatan Shapira was a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Both experienced a change of heart and realized violence was not the answer.

In early 2005, Yonatan and Bassam began meeting secretly along with a handful of other fighters from both sides in an effort to find a better way. The organization became known as Combatants for Peace. Even after Bassam's daughter, Abir, was killed, the two men remain committed to the work they're doing together.

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