Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative Talk

Mother Agnes Mariam of Syria

As rebel forces and the Syrian army continue to engage in deadly combat in the suburbs of Damascus, Mother Agnes Mariam will give a talk at Kildara College, explaining the issues.

Pax Christi Victoria warmly invites you to An evening with Mother Agnes Mariam. Mother Agnes Mariam is Representative of the Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative, and Spokesperson for the Catholic Media Centre of the Diocese of Homs, Hama and Yabroud, Syria.

During the current crises in Syria, M. Agnes Mariam has played a prominent role in helping those who suffer as a result of the conflict, giving shelter and assistance at the monastery to those in need; without distinction to their religious or political affiliation. She has not been afraid to challenge certain Western media perspectives on the events in Syria and her testimony and personal witness to events in the district of Homs – one of the most troubled areas of the conflict – contrasts with the commonly accepted Western narrative. Mother Agnes Mariam, alongside her monastic community, has tried to hold the middle ground throughout this difficult period and has negotiated with both the state and the opposition for the benefit of peace and stability in the district.

The “Mussalaha“, which means “Reconciliation”, is an extraordinary community-based non-violent popular initiative born within the civil society of Homs; a city which has been torn apart by the conflict between the regular army and opposition forces.

Click here to listen to an interview with Mother Agnes Mariam, by Phillip Adams on Late Night Live, ABC Radio.

Thursday 4 October 2012, 6 p.m.-8.15 p.m.

At Kildara 39 Stanhope St Malvern
(close to Glenferrie and High Street Malvern tramlines)
RSVP Rita Camilleri 9379 3889 for catering.
Donation of $5 suggested.