Mohammed AL Samawi, born and raised in Yemen, was working with groups promoting dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews when the brutal civil war broke out in Yemen in 2015. As a result of his interfaith activism, he began to receive death threats. Reaching out through social media to fellow interfaith activists, four strangers—undaunted by their lack of political or military experience—cooperated with Mohammed to engineer a daring escape. Two of those former strangers, Justin Hefter, Stanford University,’11 and Megan Hallahan, will participate in a panel discussion with Mohammed AL Samawi at the Roger W. Heyns Forum in Religion and Society. They will reflect on the harrowing two weeks which culminated in Mohammed’s escape, the bonds that it created between them, and their ongoing commitment to building bridges between Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Copies of Mohammed AL Samawi’s “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” are currently available for sale at the Stanford Bookstore and will be available for purchase at the Heyns Forum.