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United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037
This event will take place on Facebook Live! Join us on our Facebook page at 10am ET (3:00 GMT) to take part in the discussion!
Wars or other mass violence disrupt people’s lives in nearly a quarter of the world’s countries, killing 150,000 per year and uprooting the bulk of the 65 million who form the largest displaced population ever counted. People’s losses from conflict—such as injuries or loved ones killed—are widely recognized as causes of post-traumatic stress, yet some persons manage post-traumatic growth. On November 17, join USIP for a Facebook Live forum with youth leaders who build peace, some despite personal traumas, in homelands facing violent conflicts. This forum will originate from Dharamsala, India, where these 25 youth leaders will share their experiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
USIP gathers these young civic leaders to share their stories with, and be mentored by, the Dalai Lama, who himself suffered exile as a teenager. “From killing fields, from tragic situations, come all these incredible people,” the Dalai Lama said of last year’s group. “It gives me hope.”
On Facebook Live, a panel of experts and youth leaders will discuss how personal trauma can be not only overcome, but channeled into inspirational leadership for peace and reconciliation, even at a young age.
The panel will include Jeremy Richman, a neuro-pharmacologist who lost a child to violence, and now promotes violence prevention and compassion among youth; and Ger Duany, a Sudanese-born actor and peace activist, was uprooted by his country’s civil war and escaped it by walking, as a child, to neighboring Ethiopia. They will be joined by two of the youth leaders in this year’s meetings with the Dalai Lama.
Carla Koppell, moderator
Vice President, Applied Conflict Transformation, U.S. Institute of Peace
Regional Goodwill Ambassador, UNHCR
Jeremy Richman, Ph.D.
Founder, Avielle Foundation