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October 29, 2018 4:02 AM   Subscribe

Boy Scouts in a war zone: There are more boy scouts than peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Even in the midst of a civil war, the scouts are arguably more effective.
posted by PenDevil (5 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
This is exactly the reason the organization was started: Baden-Powell thought teaching youths to work together would inspire a peace movement. I’m frankly amazed at this story. Thanks for posting.
posted by caution live frogs at 5:10 AM on October 29, 2018 [9 favorites]

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
posted by penguin pie at 5:11 AM on October 29, 2018

I hope that they can eventually feel free to embrace the culture and religions wiped out using scouts and other methods- and harness this organization (or build something else) that is truly empowering. I'm glad it's doing something good despite a complicated legacy, both past and present, of colonialism and religious bigotry.
posted by xarnop at 5:28 AM on October 29, 2018 [2 favorites]

This is great! I love a good finding-alternatives-to-violence story.
posted by Secretariat at 8:26 AM on October 29, 2018

Excellent. I do so enjoy good journalism from outside the so called 1st world.
posted by adamvasco at 3:13 PM on October 29, 2018

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