Based on her personal background, growing up in a marginalized area of suburban Stockholm and witnessing the deadly violence in her surrounding community, Dina Alami started with her beloved friend, Oliver, the victim of gun violence in Sweden. She emphasized the importance of trust by saying: “We, who are affected by the violence, must be included in creating sustainable solutions. And that even involves the boys with the guns. Their perspective needs to be included as well, so people will understand even better what made them take a path that could only lead to trauma, hurt and loss.”
Geneva Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 19, 2019.
The duo speakers Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim, working for Generations for Peace in Uganda and Nigeria shared their stories. Zainab shared her story of being in a polygamous family, full of distrust and resentment. However, she emphasized the meaning of trust, “trust means the ability and willingness of an individual to believe in others, people with different identities, or a feeling of safety while working with others.” Salama introduced us to the religious crisis between Christians and Muslims in 2000 and how it drives her strong passion and courage to participate in building trust: “With openness to trust again, forgiveness and a strong support system, healing is possible.” The duo speakers finalized their talk by saying, “Two of us, we are different – we come from different cultures, religions and countries. However, we are here just because we trust each other.”
Geneva Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Palais
des Nations on September 19, 2019.