Partnering for Reconciliation.
On a warm July evening we stand at the shores of Lake Minnetonka, waiting to board the Lady of the Lake. It is an appropriate name for a boat chartered to host an event for women leaders. It is a name redolent with dignity and strength, characteristics that the honorees share in abundance. A young woman runs to us from across the deck, holding her green hijab against the wind. “Do you remember me? I’m Hawraa.”
Our eight year old daughter leaps into Hawraa’s arms, relieved that Hawraa remembers us, her host family from her visit last year. I am struck by this question. Our goal here tonight is to recognize Iraqi Women Leaders as an act of reconciliation, part of a healing process, a search for common ground between seemingly diverse people. We say people should forgive and forget as part of creating harmony. But perhaps instead we should concentrate on remembering if we are to find our common humanity.
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project supports reconciliation between Americans and Iraqis through the arts, education, cultural and professional exchange, support for peacemakers in Iraq, and water and sanitation projects.
We are an organization of Iraqis and Americans, veterans and refugees, peace activists and artists, students and professionals, and many others. We can't do it without you!
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