Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram’s campaign of violence and terror

A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.

As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..