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Heartland PeaceJam and Honorary Doctor of Law degree – November 2009

By admin | November 22, 2009

Betty Williams challenged about 150 teenagers and college students attending the Heartland PeaceJam Youth Conference at William Woods University Saturday and Sunday to get involved in humanitarian efforts around the world.

The conference brought together youth from across the Heartland region (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Iowa) to share their experiences in service, attend workshops pertaining to violence and refugees around the world.

As part of the conference, the youth, along with volunteers from across Missouri and the Humanity for Children/Rwanda Community Partnership constructed the mock refugee camp, which will remain intact for the remainder of the week for the general public to tour.

The camp had nine stations, including a hut, a school, a hospital, a cholera clinic, water source, cooking facilities, a cemetery and a latrine. Club members lead tours of the camp and explain each of the stations. Tour participants had been given an “identity” and the opportunity to experience life as a refugee.

Betty Williams was also given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from William Woods University.

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