Tags: Heroes,  Middle East, Afghanistan, Myanmar (Burma), Malalai Joya, reporter, “Khalieb”, new book

Author’s Note

The “reporter” is presently “working on” (it’s not really “work” for him) his latest novel set in the Middle East. The manuscript comprises various interviews (real, factual) with a “reporter” (“international correspondent”). These “interviews” DID take place and are based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable will, together with the unquenchable human spirit of some ‘ordinary’ people put in extra-ordinary situations.. through fate, destiny, or what we may call life *.
* As Woody Allen once famously said, ‘Life is what happens in between making other plans’. Enough jollity and back to your serious point, “Khatieb”…

Most importantly, each interview, each story reveals an unconquerable spirit that lies within each one of us, if “called/drawn upon”, as told against the backdrop of a troubled, yet exciting and vibrant Middle East.

In this “work”, this “labour of love”, I try to show the extraordinary that is ever-present in “apparently ordinary” lives, as revealed by the generous spirits, the exceptional strength and courage of so many ‘ordinary’ people in their daily struggles along the sometimes (and often) very hard, yet amazing and sometimes so satisfying journey, that is called life.

And as the “reporter/international correspondent” writes this manuscript, he is sharing and posting extracts on his WordPress blog. craiglock.wordpress.com and


“Khatieb, a humble reporter”

*         *


“We learn more from our tears than our laughter.”


Malalai Joya, the youngest woman ever to be elected in Afghanistan, and she was swiftly banned from taking her seat, because she kept speaking up for the people who elected her – against the violent fundamentalist warlords our governments have put in charge of the country. They keep trying to murder her, but she said:
“I don’t fear death, I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice… I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike.”

“You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.”

*    *


“Though I’m not a Christian I often recall the words of Mother Teresa (in accepting her Nobel Peace Prize).  They give me strength, when I struggle with hope:

Let me love rather than be loved,
in forgiving we give (to God)…
and in dying we are given eternal life.’”

“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”
– Mother Teresa

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
– St Francis of Assisi
(as well as the full extract of Mother Teresa’s words in accepting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo)

thanks mom, your spirit lives on… forever


A MYANMAR (formerly named Burma) DISSIDENT
(who has been imprisoned and under house arrest for many years)

“If need be, I am prepared to give my life for democracy in my country. But so many people have sacrificed much more than me”, said the softly-spoken attractive middle-aged woman.

All of us people scattered on this planet are connected by a thread – which is the common bond of our shared humanity.

You don’t have to forget the past in order to move forward.   People, both rich and poor, everyone needs hope, because hope is irresistable.

So we need to be able to forgive people, authorities,the regime for the past, the transgressions, injustices, those kind of things. The strength of spirit to do that comes from the human heart, God, a Higher Power. With God’s spirit we then have strength for the present and have hope in the future…

Khalieb, truth ultimately overcomes power…eventually, always.
As Gandhi said, ‘in the midst of darkness, light exists’.

It’s a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.”

Many small (yet significant) steps by many people will eventually reach their destination, their destiny.

And on my epitaph, I would like written:
‘Here lies a humanist who tried her very best’.”

All these heroes of the Middle East (and Asia) have the conquering, the unconquerable spirit of a champion of life.

* * *

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong)

“Those who stand up for justice, will always be on the right side of history.”

“Those whom you seek to change, you must first love.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out a peaceful tomorrow.”

“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls.”
– Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway)


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  1. Raul Lawter Says:

    Could you please translate your site into German because I’m not that comfortable reading it in English? I’m getting tired of using Google Translate all the time, there is a handy WordPress plugin called like global translator which will render all your articles automatically- this will make reading articleson your awesome blog even more comfortable. Cheers mate, Raul Lawter!


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