Quakers in Costa Rica

In the 1950s, when there was still a draft forcing many young men into military service, a group of Quakers, mostly from Alabama, decided their religious commitment to nonviolence forced them to leave the US rather than bear arms. They moved to Costa Rica in Central America, and helped that country preserve and develop its forests—so much so it is now among the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourists. Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the Quaker community in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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