Take a minute and think about how important words are. Not merely imperative for communication but laden with significance, words can influence and change the world, for better or for worse.
Meet Gulabuddin Sukhanwar. When your last name literally means “speaker”, it seems there is no other path destined for you in life but one of words.
Gulabuddin was born in the small village of Bamyan in Afghanistan. The earliest memories of his homeland are that of Soviet Union bombings, civil war and the Taliban regime.
An activist and a believer in the power of words as an engine for change, Gulabuddin spoke at a presidential campaign before 50 000 people in support of democracy in Afghanistan. The impact and result of his words? Having to flee from his country with nothing but what he carried within him – his language, culture and knowledge. That is how Gulabuddin arrived in Trondheim.
Working now at Litteraturhuset i Trondheim, Gulabuddin has developed a project called “Literature for Inclusion”, where literature and language are celebrated and used as tools to promote acceptance and understanding between cultures and within communities.
If your curiosity has been whetted by now, meet Gulabuddin on October 21st for the TEDxTrondheim 2018 event to hear more from a man of his words, literature lover Gulabuddin.