October 7, 2018

Winner Of The The Nobel Peace Prize

Xanthe.jpgUnless you track it, this kind of news can scoot past you before you even realize what is going on. The 2018 winner was just announced.

“The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 was awarded jointly to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad”for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Read All About It. It’s extraordinary how people contribute to society for the better good, and you think - what can I do to be more like them?

Which reminded me of last year.

.. when the Nobel Peace Prize was won by ICAN. That’s The ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ to you. The Nobel committee drew specific attention to ICAN’s …

… “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

At the time, Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of ICAN thought the announcement of the award was a prank. But it wasn’t … as witnessed by this photograph of Xanthe Hall just a year later. And who is Xanthe? Well, apart from a life time activist in the world of Nuclear disarmament, starting as a member of the CND in the UK and now the Co-Director and IPPNW campaigner for nuclear disarmament, she also sits on the board of ICAN Germany. But that isn’t really the point of this story. She is also the little sister of my first ever girlfriend as I grew up in a small village just outside of York, England. I haven’t seen or spoken to Xanthe since those teen years, although I knew what she was up to. It’s truly amazing how life’s trajectories work and though this post is a year late in the coming, I am forever blown away by what people do and achieve. And really, to celebrate winning The Nobel Peace Prize … I mean that is not just a one-off is it? I would be celebrating it every single day! It’s for life! And when I ask myself ‘what can I do to be like them, I look at Xanthe … to all intents and purposes, growing up in the same village, knowing the same people, going to the same kind of schools …. I was like ’them’. It’s just that Xanthe focussed her life in that direction. I didn’t.

Because it takes a village …

… an African proverb, because of course, it wasn’t just Xanthe, it was a global team effort … here she is celebrating at the time with one of her partners Sascha Hach - at ICAN, Germany. Reported Here.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Harry Truman

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