Mujib

Afghan Delegation, 2002

IMPACT: POLITICAL

How has Seeds of Peace had an impact on you?

Developing the ability to listen to ideas we grow up fundamentally disagreeing with—oftentimes from people we can’t see eye to eye—is one of the most important lessons Seeds of Peace has left me with.

We come to Camp stubbornly insistent on our own narrow worldview. At the end of the Camp session, our ideas and outlook might not change, but by realizing that others are as invested as we are in their beliefs, many of us leave better listeners.

How are you impacting your community?

Ten years on, that realization comes in handy every day. As a journalist, for balance and fairness I need to reflect voices and sides of stories that go against my own deeply held beliefs.

The maturing of that realization kindled at Seeds of Peace has helped me to do my job better by disseminating information that is fair and tries to account for every side.

EDUCATION

• BA, Columbia University, 2011

WORK

• Senior New York Times Afghanistan correspondent

“At the end of the Camp session, our ideas and outlook might not change, but by realizing that others are as invested as we are in their beliefs, many of us leave better listeners.”