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25 Feb 2004
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"The Truce Story": a modern allegory for peace inspired by sport

The International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC), an International Olympic Committee Organisation based in Athens, Greece, has published and is circulating to schools around the world a book entitled "The Truce Story". The book, written by Rachel Howard, illustrated by Calliope Iconomacou and published by Dora Pallis, presents the story of the Olympic Truce in comic book format.

Seven languages
"The Truce Story" is aimed at students between the ages of 13 to 18, and is being published in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Mixing ancient Greek with real life
Mixing ancient Greek mythology with real-life adventure, "The Truce Story" is a modern allegory for peace inspired by sport, told with the immediacy and humour of a comic book. It is accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to enhance its educational value for teachers around the world.

The Story
In a nutshell, the story is the following: In 2003, the Greek gods of Olympus have long abandoned hope of humankind ever living in peace. But the news that the Olympics are coming home to Athens in 2004 and that the ancient Olympic Truce tradition is being revived causes quite a stir. The people on earth embark on an olive branch relay to herald the approach of the Games. But Aris, the god of war, has other plans. Who will prevail in the end, the healing power of sport or war?

Endorsed by Kofi Annan
The Truce Story has been endorsed, amongst others, by. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations ("I hope that as young leaders of tomorrow, you will find this book an inspiration"); Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO ("Young people are our main hope for a peaceful world of tomorrow and we count on them to contribute to making peace a reality rather than a mere aspiration); and IOC President Jacques Rogge ("With ‘The Truce Story', an inspiring album, young readers will discover that sport transcends all differences; that sport blends with friendship, solidarity, fair play and universality; and that practising sport is a human right.")

Taught in over 50 countries
The Truce Story has already been officially adopted by UNESCO, and will be taught on a pilot basis in schools at UNESCO's Associated Schools Network Project in over 50 countries, including in conflict regions.

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