I returned today from Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan after speaking at the founding Congress of Enlightenment Feminism (more of this soon).
The city – next to Iran and not far from Daesh held territories – is a testament to the fight against Islamist terrorism and for secularism and a renewed enlightenment.
There, people mourn their children and loved ones lost but keep on fighting for those still living. I returned to London only to find that Manchester was mourning its children.
The grief is unbearable in both cities – as in many cities worldwide – but the fight against hate and for human solidarity is too great to defeat – no matter how many acts of terrorism.
It may sound cliché, but our common humanity and solidarity will conquer all.
How those killed will be missed…