Will Books Replace Guns in Darra Adam Khel?
The acclaimed book Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin propounded that peace could be had through education. That was published in 2007, remained on the New York Times best seller list for four years, won the Kiriyama Prize, given for creating better understanding among people and nations, and then the book was drowned in a flood of controversy.
Perhaps Mortenson’s is a voice that can be used to showcase what this new library is doing in Darra Adam Khel, a small town near Peshawar that makes its living by trading and making weapons in Pakistan.
The Darra Adam Khel Library houses 2500 books and was built only last year. Says the founder of the library , Shahnawaz Zeb : “Times are changing and we should change too…We need to take the guns away from our younger generation and arm them with books instead.”
Zeb’s words seem to herald hope amidst the destruction implicated by gun trade. Can this effort made by Zeb, brought up on money traded by guns and yet a professor in a private college, be a precursor to peace among terror groups? Can education bring hope and wipe out terrorism in the twenty first century?
Find out more about the library that might initiate hope amidst terror in this article from Colournews.org.
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