No, how could we ever be like ISIS? They are evil. They are monsters. We have absolutely nothing in common with them.
That’s what I’d prefer to believe, anyway. That distance separating me and my people from groups like ISIS makes me feel better. It makes for better sleep. It keeps things simple.
We normally share a few stories with you for Peacemaker Friday, but this week, one story stood out so much, that we think it’s worth spending a little extra time with. It's the story of an unassuming French man named Adolfo Kamisky, who quietly saved thousands of lives.
Treaty signed by Colombian government and rebel leaders (courtesy the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia)
It’s hard to stand in a place like Syria, see the devastation, and believe the fighting will ever stop. Not after five-and-a-half years of bloodshed and more broken ceasefires that anyone can remember.
International Day of Peace—seems like the annual reminder couldn't come at a more needed time.
An Israeli-Palestinian restaurant serving up food and peace; a website helping refugees find safe places to stay; and African refugees rushing to aid earthquake victims in Italy.
Here are the week's best stories of people reaching across enemy lines, loving the other, and waging peace...
9/11 is not over.
Fifteen years ago, we were launched into a tragedy we didn’t think was possible: America attacked during peacetime on its own soil. Our society was forever changed that day, and our children are still being impacted by it.
Among other things, 9/11 launched 2.7 million soldiers into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was one of them.
Today, I'm a mom. My kids weren’t alive when 9/11 happened. So how they view this defining moment depends a lot on me. Here’s what I want them to see and hear from their mom.
"You killed my friend. But I’ve come here to feed you."
Sadiq crouched low, holding a bottle of cold water to the man’s lips. We were astonished by what he said, there in a crowded detainee compound in the middle of the desert outside Fallujah, where hundreds of suspected ISIS militants are held.
On this mission, we set out to feed our enemies and clothe captives with dignity.