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School children around the world were invited to submit two lines of poetry about peace to the United Nations. Lines from 38 countries were collated into one long poem. Here’s a selection: 


Chaque nation envoie des casques bleus
Pour que le monde soit plus heureux.
Ecole Fondamentale, Fleurus, Belgique

Peace without
Comes from peace within.
Glenala State High School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Peace remained by my side until I understood
what she wanted from me—that I be free
Parque Ecologico, Porangaba, Brazil

Peace is special, like us
And in all creatures, large and small
Pleasant Valley School, Novato, CA, USA

Let it blow in your direction
Let it touch you, melt you and mould you
SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Tema, Ghana

De sus alas, lentamente, una pluma se desprende.
La paloma agoniza, nuestra paz se desvanece.
Colegio Marymount, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

No war, no violence,
and lots of silence.
St. Dominic Savio School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

We don’t like it that our fathers must be soldiers
and shoot other children’s fathers.
Engbrottsskolan, Ctvidaberg, Sweden

There comes an army; here comes another.
They meet in the middle and declare PEACE.
Holy Cross Primary School, Western Cape, South Africa


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