At a time when the world is increasingly divided, it was a true honour to meet Izzeldin Abuelaish, the doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters when his apartment was shelled a decade ago by Israeli forces. Even then he still refused to hate. Instead he continued to advocate for peace, and his book, I Shall Not Hate, became an international bestseller.
Abuelaish was at the launch of Garment of Destiny, a new book by Dr. Abdallah Daar, a Tanzanian surgeon who launched his career in global health after he lost his sister to malaria, an entirely preventable death.
The third man in the picture is Dr. James Orbinski, author and founding member of Doctors Without Borders Canada. He survived the terrible slaughter in Rwanda and went on to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of his organization.
What an inspiring trio!
This would be a good time to remember the inspiration for Daar’s title, from a famous letter Dr. Martin Luther King: “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”