Photo: © Hands of Peace exhibit by Severine Desmarest
Read the Message from Asha Hagi Elmi,
peace activist and Somali politician
Nabad iyo caano: peace and milk are synonymous
Peace is as life-giving as oxygen and as essential a primary feed as a mother’s milk for. From my Somali cultural perspective, peace and milk (nabad iyo caano) are synonymous and binominal. This emphasizes that in the absence of peace, there is no source of livelihood, and by extension, no life.
Never equate peace to the lack of active conflict. Peace is a barometer for conditioning life, and for maintaining it as well. The worth of communities can be measured by the extent to which they maintain peace and stability, not by the size of their coffers. A civilized nation is a successful patron of peace – it is in peace with its people and with the environment.
Peace comes from within and encompasses a range of positive feelings that are generated by real conviction, not by imposition. The poor who live in peace are far happier than the wealthy who live in discord.
I applaud a culture of peace and urge its nourishment from a grassroots level. I believe good governance is an integral function of peace and we cannot fare well in a democracy without first creating a passion for peace.