Last night in our backyard, we welcomed colleagues and friends for a dinner gathering. Some had traveled from Nepal. Others had traveled from Egypt. The remainder live here. We came together to relax, enjoy the evening and share conversation. We also discussed the peace building experiences of Nepal and its relevance for what is happening in Egypt now. We talked about the importance of bringing together civil society, the community and police to bridge the understanding and trust gap, while at the same time coming up with joint solutions on how to build justice and security following a revolution. Planting seeds of peace.
When they left, I thought about how in my tiny little backyard, we had Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Christians all together talking about finding ways to unite rather than divide. About how peace is dependent upon this.