Safe but Scared in Kabul – Tanenbaum Peacemaker Jamila Afghani

Tanenbaum Peacemaker Jamila Afghani, Afghanistan

Yesterday morning’s deadly truck bombing in Kabul was a horrific tragedy. At Tanenbaum, it’s also personal.

The explosion, which killed more than 80 people and wounded hundreds more, shook Kabul as our Peacemaker Jamila Afghani was on her way to work. When we reached her later in the day, Jamila was at home with her family and all were safe. Safe, but very scared. They live close enough to the bomb blast that all her windows were smashed, and the walls cracked open.

At Tanenbaum, we work with Peacemakers from around the world like Jamila, who pursue peace in the places where violence and conflict are the norm. Jamila focuses on improving the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan, despite the violence and constant threats. She is a woman of faith and fearless vision. But on a day like today, her only words were that the bombing was “extremely terrifying” and that it struck “fear in my heart.”

As we continue to mourn the attacks in Manchester, Cairo, and Portland, we must remember those killed and injured in Kabul.

Terrorism has no bounds. It strikes with ferocity. By remembering all the victims, survivors and their families whether in Manchester or Kabul, we align with those who oppose hatred and terror. By acknowledging the random impact of terror on people from all backgrounds, nationalities and religions, we lay claim to our humanity.

Today, we are reminded that greater security and protection for civilians in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan is critically needed. As the international community takes action to stop the terror, let it remember the people of Kabul and the long Afghan war. Let us devote more resources to peacebuilding and diplomacy—and to advancing the work of religious Peacemakers like Jamila.


To read more about Tanenbaum Peacemaker Jamila Afghani, please visit her profile page here.

Opening Hearts and Minds to Peace

On Thursday, October 24, Conrad Tao performed A Piece for Peace, at Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall, opening the audience’s hearts and minds to peace.

Conrad debuted compositions by Gordon Getty (pictured, above, with Conrad) and performed pieces by Meredith Monk and Ravel. The audience gave the Conrad a standing ovation.

At a reception before Conrad’s performance, Brian Neff, a tenor and social entrepreneur, treated attendees to a special surprise performance.

Though Brian and Conrad created an inspirational and festive atmosphere, the danger that our Peacemakers in Action face every day was not far from our minds.

Dr. Ephraim Isaac, our Peacemaker from Ethiopia attended the event to show his support for his fellow Peacemaker Ricardo Esquiva Ballestas. As Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum, eloquently stated when she introduced Conrad, Ricardo’s life is in danger because he ardently works to bring peace and security to Columbia’s most vulnerable populations.

Through their music and performances, Brian and Conrad showed that they stand for peace and against persecution. We encourage both those who attended and anyone who supports peace to sign the petition calling for an end to Ricardo’s persecution.

Read the call to action here:

Justine O’Sullivan, Communications Assistant