DR. HAKIM YOUNG – Weâ€™re the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, and we have three dreams. Our three dreams are about reuniting with nature and 7.7 billion other human beings! Our dreams arenâ€™t prescriptions. Theyâ€™re music and movements, distilled from todayâ€™s nightmares.
KATHY KELLY – â€œGuantanamo Diary,â€ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is his story of being imprisoned in Guantanamo since 2002. In all his years of captivity, he has never been charged with a crime. He has suffered grotesque torture, humiliation and mistreatment, and yet his memoir includes many humane, tender accounts, including remembrances of past Ramadan fasts spent with his family.
CLIFF SLOAN – When I began as the State Departmentâ€™s envoy for closing the detention facility at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, many people advised me that progress was impossible. They were wrong.
KATHY KELLY – Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an 18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of lifeâ€™s harsh lessons.
HAKIM and KATHY KELLY – Abdulhai remembers his father being killed by the Taliban. â€œAnyone who takes up a weapon in revenge, whether the Talib or any other, is acting like the Talibs who murdered my father,â€ he says, in a matter of fact way. â€œThe solution does not lie in taking revenge, but in people coming together like the people of Egypt to defend themselves in a nonviolent way.â€