Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Yeny and the Children for Peace

by Michelle Mulder

What weapon can children use to fight violence? A vote for peace!

Yeny and her family have escaped from the violence in their mountain village in Colombia to live in the city. But danger remains all around her - from groups of armed men who have kidnapped her uncle to a scary bully at school. Yeny feels powerless until her new friends decide to organize a peace carnival. Before long, the peace movement has attracted young people from across the country, and they decide to hold a national vote for peace.

Inspired by the Colombian Children's Movement for Peace - on October 25, 1996, millions of kids throughout Colombia held a vote that resulted in one full day with no bombs, shootings, or kidnappings. The group has been nominated every year since then for the Nobel Peace Prize.