In a country where almost half the population is illiterate and there are an estimated three guns per person, Sheikh Al-Marwani uses both technology, workshops and theater-based awareness campaigns to get his anti-gun message across while proposing peace and tolerance. The population is extremely male-dominated, and tribal wars continue to cause widespread carnage in the villages, for if a tribe goes to war, all members are obliged to take part, and reaching a compromise often requires arriving at an equal number of victims.
Sheikh Al-Marwani started his peace mission twenty years ago, when he established the Dar AL-Salam Organization, or the Peace House, in Yemen.
The growing culture of extremism and terrorism is the most dangerous problem causing widespread human rights violations, but this has not dissuaded the Sheikh from his mediation work for peace and social cohesion. Since 2006, Al-Marwani and his supporters have implemented hundreds of activities and programs supporting peace and tolerance in the Middle East. While his team has achieved many successes in negotiating to dissolve conflicts, he often finds his own life in danger, and 21 of his members and supporters have been killed in crossfire.
Aljazeera English Channels prepared a film under the title of Peacemaker showing the exceptional work of this man and his organization in Yemen:
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