‘The Kabul Peace House’ by Mark Isaacs

Review by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the book cover. | Photo: Hardie Grant Books.

This book tells the story – and tells it well – of a house set up in Kabul, Afghanistan, by a community of volunteers pursuing nonviolence and equality. These volunteers were young; the originator, a medic called Insaan, seems to have been in his thirties. At the house they taught and learned many valuable things: how to speak consistently and firmly to troubled people, how to negotiate threats, how to be humane to others, how to empathise and, crucially, how to become part of a community.

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