The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is a pacifist group with its roots in Christianity, that has worked for peace since its creation in the 17th century. Quakers usually refer to themselves as 'Friends' and they believe that there is something sacred in everyone and that violence should always be avoided.
Friends' opposition to all forms of violence imposes on them the responsibility to seek alternative responses to conflict and injustice.Quaker Faith and Practice, 24.38
Friends have historically refused to take part in wars. In World Wars One and Two, they became conscientious objectors. In 1947, Friends in Britain and the US won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work helping victims of conflict in Germany, Europe and Asia after World War Two. They provided food aid and helped to rebuild areas that had been badly damaged in the War.
Some examples of the work that Friends do today include: