Donna Mulhearn – finding hope and empathy in a world of violence

Donna Mulhearn – finding hope and empathy in a world of violence

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Date/Time
26 Aug 2012
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Location
Glebe Cafe Church

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A reflective discussion about nonviolence, peacemaking, and finding hope and empathy.

Donna will reflect on her latest trip to Iraq where she gathered stories about the toxic legacy of war on women, children and the environment, and will explore the challenge of finding hope and empathy in a world of violence.

Peace activist, writer and speaker, Donna Mulhearn, was a human shield during the war in Iraq. She later returned as a humanitarian aid worker to set up a shelter for street kids and support displa ced families. She is a journalist and former political adviser who now works in war and conflict zones around the world. She has just returned from her fourth trip to Iraq where she researched the effects of toxic weapons and depleted uranium weapons on the civilian population, particularly babies. Donna has faced trial and prison time for breaking into Pine Gap US military base to do a ‘Citizens Inspection’. She speaks on nonviolence and peacemaking, and coordinates the Australian Campaign to Ban Uranium Weap-ons. Featured on ABC’s Australian Story program, Donna is inspired by the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi and describes herself as a ‘pilgrim and storyteller.’ Her book, Ordinary Courage, a memoir about her experience as a human shield, was published in 2010.

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