Jamila Raqib grew up with the sound of tanks rolling around her Afghanistan home. From a young age, she felt the suffering and horror conflict brings.
We’re not going to end violence by telling people that it’s morally wrong, says Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution. Instead, we must offer them a tool that’s at least as powerful and as effective as violence. For 13 years she’s been teaching people in intensely difficult situations across the world how to use nonviolent struggle to protest against the tyranny they are living under.
“The greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete,” she says.
Here she shares examples of creative strategies that have led to change around the world and a message of hope for a future without armed conflict.
UPLIFT stands for Unity, Peace and Love In a Field of Transcendence