Day 87: Maryam Ishani Thompson

Hong Kong/Canada

100 Offerings of Peace inspired me to ask how journalism could contribute to Peacebuilding and I found answers in the examples set by the Coast Salish First Nations here in Vancouver, who hold a clear mirror up to the world around themselves through the telling of their stories and the sharing of their spirit through words. We can only know our world, and all its challenges and triumphs when we know ourselves truthfully. That challenge must be met with bravery and I see that bravery in the work of my journalism colleagues and in the people who step up to share their stories with us. I dedicate this piece to those who are brave enough to keep telling their stories, to those who persist in the pursuit of those stories, and to those who listen and learn from those stories with humility


Maryam Ishani Thompson is a journalist, filmmaker and producer who has covered global news and conflict issues in the Middle East and North Africa for some of the largest news audiences in the world, including The Guardian, Foreign Policy Magazine, BBC and Reuters. Currently she reports for Agence France-Presse as a journalist in the Asia Pacific region covering political and trade issues.


I would like to ask those who feel inspired to support the role of journalism in our peacebuilding process to find a publication, a podcast, a program that they rely on to make them feel informed and empowered and subscribe, become a member and donate so that they can continue their good work. Please especially look for voices that stand alone, and speak for those we don’t often get to hear from.

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