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Speaking Their Peace

Wars dehumanize. This book humanizes. To those who have been silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, and muted by the world's indifference, this book gives a voice. And it is an unforgettable voice: powerfully, intimately human, heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure, singing a song of horror and of hope. Packed with eighty riveting interviews from eleven conflict zones around the globe, Speaking Their Peace lets "ordinary" people tell their own extraordinary stories of life during wartime and their efforts to build a better, more peaceful life for themselves, their families, and their societies. This emotionally compelling book puts a human face on the news reports that usually skim the surface of the trauma of violent conflict. Speaking Their Peace will change the way you think about how people cope with war and the transition from war to peace.
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Colette Rausch has spent twenty years participating in efforts to bring peace and stability to war-torn societies. She is the vice president for Governance, Law, and Society at the United States Institute of Peace.His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama promotes peace and compassion around world. He lives in Dharmasala, India.


"I was blown over by this book!! I have never seen a compendium of interviews like this, from so many different perspectives, in such rich and human detail. I wish everyone could read this book and understand that "peace" and "justice" are not abstract terms."--Melanie Greenberg, president and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding "A remarkable book ... essential reading for all who wish to make a difference in these settings."--Peter Coleman, director, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution "It's inspiring. And it needs to be heard by all of us."--Manal Omar, author of Barefoot in Baghdad "Illustrates, at the most basic level, how important peacemaking and peacekeeping are, and how difficult ... Readers will find a new appreciation of why this is worth doing." --James Dobbins, senior fellow with the RAND Corporation and special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia for the Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations

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