PROJECT VOICE REUNION
In 2003, against all odds and under Saddam Hussein's leadership, Global Nomads Group (GNG) sent a team to Iraq. The goal was to establish a real-time dialogue between teens in Connecticut and Iraq. GNG received special permission to make this historical cross-cultural connection -- two weeks later the two countries went to war. Not only was a dialogue established between the youth, but relationships beyond politics were built and withstood the war, all established through technology. Just weeks after the Bush administration declared an end to major combat in Iraq, the GNG team returned. At this point, teens on both sides had a chance to deepen their connections. The Iraqi teens spoke more freely about their lives and experiences during the war. The American teens shared their post-war perspectives and gained insight into the war from their peers' point of view. Ten years later, in March of 2013, the two groups met again, this time, in person, in New York City. Now as academics, doctors, teachers, parents and more, these young adults commemorated this monumental event, discussed and explored the changes that have occurred in their lives, in Iraq, in the US, as well as the world.