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Drumming For Peace in Iraq

Since 2007, author and music therapist, Christine Stevens has been working in Iraq with an inspired American team to train Iraqis in the art of drum circle leadership. In the first music-based conflict resolution training in a war-zone, Stevens trained thirty-eight Iraqis from seven different governances across Iraq in leadership of the drumming programs. The pioneering program was the vision of Melinda Witter. According to one man, “I was amazed to see people from conflicted areas making music together.”

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