It’s a key issue for all of us – especially if you work or study in The Hague, where the key concepts of justice, peace and security are being debated daily.

Dr. Sada Mire who looks at human sustainability, from the perspective of our shared heritage and what diversity of our ancestors means for us today. Dr. Mire is a Somali-Swedish archaeologist, Assistant Professor at Leiden University’s Faculty of Archaeology and Executive Director Horn Heritage Organisation, Somaliland.

Dr. Sada Mire’s message here is that history, far from what we normally are thought, is dynamic and our identities are fluid, not fixed. History books need to represent this dynamic history and represent people accurately while including omitted parts of history. In today’s world difference is used to attack people, to create a ‘us’ and ‘them,’ whether it is along ethnic, religious, gender or social lines. However, if we have the perspective that our ancestors could have been of the same religion as our neighbors and our neighbours’ present identity was our ancestors’ and hence our heritage, then we understand that our neighbours are just like our ancestors and not that divorced from us. History teaches us this important lesson. Look at the Balkan war, neighbours whose ancestors were either Christian or Muslim are fighting each other and destroying the heritage of their own ancestors. By knowing our past we can accept each other more.

We’re very proud that this Hague Talks event, organised by the Hague Project Peace and Justice, is in cooperation with a numbers of partners, including Just Peace Festival, One Young World, Universiteit Leiden, Humanity House, Justice Hub and the Paard.

HAGUE TALKS is a meeting place for creative minds, peace inventors and game changers in the field of peace and justice.
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