When Katreena arrived in Carlsbad last month to begin the Hands of Peace program, she felt as if she had a bullet lodged in her chest.
The “bullet” represented the pain and fury the 16-year-old Palestinian teen had carried with her for four years since her best friend was shot in the chest and killed during a protest against Israeli policies near their home in the West Bank.
But on July 29 at the peace-building program’s farewell celebration at Temple Solel in Cardiff, Katreena told the capacity crowd that the hole in her heart is now filled with hope.
“I always wanted to be a surgeon, but now I want to focus on helping people in need,” she said. “Nobody said it’s...