The national commemoration of Remembrance Day in the Netherlands takes place on 4 May, at 8pm. At that moment, two minutes of silence are observed throughout the country to commemorate Dutch victims of war. During this special edition of Hague Talks we commemorate war victims worldwide. Danser Michaela DePrince from Sierra Leone, Artist Samer al-Kadri from Syria and Grant Dawson from the OPCW will tell us how they are committed to a safer and more just world. And what you can do yourself for victims of war. At 20:00 we will observe two minute silence together.
About the speakers
- Michaela DePrince is a famous ballet dancer at the Dutch National Ballet. She was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the country’s decade-long civil war. She grew up in an orphanage, where she was taunted an abused by the women who cared for the children, because of her skin disease vitiligo. When she was four years old she was adopted by an American family, who soon recognized her talent for dancing. She is also ambassador for War Child.
- Syrian artist and publisher Samer al-Kadri believes in the power of a good book. He fled from Damascus to Istanbul. There he set up PAGES, the first Arabic bookshop in Istanbul; a community place where young Arabs in exile can not only buy, borrow, or read all kinds of books in their own language, but also where they can meet each other, discuss ideas and escape the isolation of refugee life. Samer al-Kadri also has his own publicizing house Bright Fingers, specialized in writing, illustrating and printing books for youth, particularly those that encouraged self-expression, acceptance and understanding.
- Grant Dawson currently works as the Principal Legal Officer of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Previously, he has served as a Legal Officer of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and an Assistant Attorney General. He has published a number of scholarly works, lectured on international law, is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, DC, and earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Centre and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics at Columbia College in New York City.
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