Zen Under Fire: lessons on law and life from Afghanistan
Date: Tuesday 15 May 2012
Time: 1:10 PM
Location: L.4 - L Block
In 2006 Marianne Elliott, a Waikato Law School grad and human rights lawyer from New Zealand, was stationed with the UN in Herat. Several months into her new role a tribal leader was assassinated while she was in charge of the local UN office. Marianne had to defuse the situation before it led to widespread bloodshed.
And this was just the beginning of her story in Afghanistan.
Zen Under Fire is Marianne's account of her experience living and working in the world's most notorious battlefield. As well as sharing the incredible details of her UN role, Marianne tells the very personal story of the shattering effect that the high-stress environment had on her and her relationships, and asks what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within.
At this event Marianne will share stories from her time in Afghanistan, and some of the lessons she brought home with her.