Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

On April 13, 1919, British officers ordered the massacre of an unarmed gathering of people in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, killing at least 379 men, women, and children. (Unofficial records put the number at over 1,000.) The massacre galvanized the freedom movement in Punjab against British rule and paved the way for Gandhiji’s Non Cooperation Movement against the British in 1920.

The Friends Without Borders team chose to hold a small, simple event at Jallianwala Bagh in memory of the dead and to start off our journey of friendship to Pakistan.

Students from 14 schools gathered around a circle of 6’X6′ school tarps to sign their names and write messages of friendship. Atam Public School arrived with banners made in less than one day: From India to Pakistan With Love, KIDS HAVE BECOME OUR NEWEST AMBASSADORS.

Atam Public School BannersAtam Public School KidsSigning School Tarps

The students of Spring Dale Senior School sang songs of friendship and children read their letters out loud until power cuts in the city rendered our public address system useless. A little bit before dark, we passed out candles. John lit his candle from the eternal flame and used it to light all the other candles as we sat in a circle around the tarps.

Spring Dale Students SingingGirls Holding Candles

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