In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. At TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.
About Zainab Salbi
Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi founded and runs Women for Women International, and has dedicated her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities.
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Some of the powerful moments that hit me is when she describes how a woman who was raped and mutilated in front of her children and also had to watch as her husband and her 9-year-old son were killed worries that her surviving children will have hate in their hearts and that they will grow up and want to fight the killers of their father and brother.
The tears flowed when Zainab shared how these women who have survived horrible wars are still dancing and singing everyday. They are women standing on their feet in spite of their circumstances.
She ends with a beautiful quote from Rumi "Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there."
She then asks us all to meet one another there.