Cyprus Videos

PeacePlayers-Cyprus Peace Day Tournament Feature from the British Forces Broadcasting Service
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The Cyprus Community Media Centre on PPI - Cyprus

This short video introduces PPI - Cyprus' work and the difference it's making bridging divides on the island.

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PPI - Cyprus Twinning Highlights

A selection of highlights from PPI - CY's 2009-2010 season, featuring players from Agros, Iskele/Tricomo and Lapta/Lapithos in integrated on-court action.

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Agros: Teaching Trust

Each month, the coaches and staff of PPI - CY choose a "Value of the Month," a positive life value that will structure all of the program's activities for the 30 days that follow. Watch this video, from the village of Agros, to see how PPI - CY used basketball to teach "Trust" in February 2010.

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PeacePlayers Taster Session in Peristerona, Cyprus

Peristerona is a Greek-Cypriot village situated about 5 km from one of the five checkpoints in the "buffer zone" dividing Cyprus' Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities. PPI - CY visited in 2010 in hopes of eventually launching a full-time program there. One good barometer for a new area's success is the enthusiasm of the kids participating: the sound of these players screaming and cheering on this day was absolutely deafening. Hear it for yourself!

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Biz/Emis and the International Day of Peace Tournament

The bicommunal Cypriot TV program "Biz/Emis" gets to know some PPI participants during PPI - CY's International Day of Peace Tournament this fall.

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Testimonials

"I was scared to death at first. But by the end of the match, I realized we were all the same."
Geina Mdungo, Participant, PeacePlayers Interational – South Africa
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"We find that the PeacePlayers program brings in life-skills in a non-threatening way, and is helping to educate children on the big issues of HIV…We also find that in the PeacePlayers program, we...
Pamilla Mudhray, CSI Manager, Sasol, South Africa
"At the start [playing together] wasn't weird, but it was different because we would never have gotten the opportunity to go out and meet Protestants and be friends with them."
Ann Murphy, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"A lot of kids believe that one kid on the other side is a good person, but every other one is a bad person, and they then carve out these narrow exceptions. What [PPI’s] curriculum is doing is...
Chad Ford, Director, David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University
"I’m glad that Ronnie’s taking part in PeacePlayers…hopefully Ronny doesn’t have to go through what I went through at Ronnie’s age.”
Manny Macauley, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"It’s hard to live without my parents, but my PPI coach is always there for me. He’s really more like a brother."
Sihle Cele, Participant, PeacePlayers International – South Africa
"By focusing on the game of basketball and the values of sportsmanship, the youth learn to break down stereotypes to contribute to an environment whereby children who play together can learn to live...
Bicommunal Support Program, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
"Programmes like this that work at the grass roots level with the young people in our society are vital to achieving sustainable peace within our communities. We are committed to supporting and...
Denis Rooney, CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland
"I was on the train one day with my Jewish friends and they started making fun of an Arab woman…I told them to stop and that she was embarrassed and that she just wanted to go to work. I then told...
Adiel, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"Basketball has added a new dimension to our sporting activities. Of course, it improves coordination and also improves communication between the kids themselves. It’s wonderful that PPI has become...
Jennifer Sonasundrum, Principal, Merry Hill Primary School, South Africa
"We work in an education system that is divided…PeacePlayers program is pointed towards the integration of those children. You’re getting children to mix in an environment where there’s not the...
Derrick Harkness, Principal, Carrs Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
"If she takes one thing away, it’s to know that there’s no differences from the other community, that everybody’s equal, and that she has great enjoyment with PeacePlayers."
Nula Doherty, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I met new players I didn't know before, and learned how to play with new people. The best part was learning things from new players and different areas coming together. I learned you don't have to...
Amir, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"We typically use activities such as art and drama to bridge divides between the youth. We always knew that sport had the potential to do the same, but PPI - ME's sport day went way above and beyond...
Yael Gur, Project Manager, A New Way, Israel
"In the beginning I participated for the basketball, but then I made friends with the Turkish-Cypriots. Now we play and we all have fun together."
Evripidis Kardamilas, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus