By World BEYOND War, July 27, 2021
How can walking lay a path for a world beyond war? The Abraham Path Initiative (API) has been developing walking trails in Southwest Asia (aka “the Middle East”) since 2007. This U.S.-based NGO promotes walking as a tool for economic development, intercultural experiences, and fostering friendships across the challenging divides of our times. When basic needs are met and people are seen in the fullness of their humanity, a foundation for fruitful engagement becomes possible. When people walk together toward a shared destination, their visions for what may be possible also align.
In this webinar, we explored the work, successes, and challenges of creating walking trails in a region known for conflict. We met API’s executive director Anisa Mehdi and its consultant in Iraq Lawin Mohammed . The conversation was be moderated by Salma Yusuf, Advisory Board Member of World BEYOND War, and Q&A facilitated by David Swanson, Executive Director of World BEYOND War.
World BEYOND War and the Abraham Path Initiative co-hosted this lively discussion on how stable, community-based tourism may be a pathway to peace, and how to get involved in future peace walks.