Aurora Humanitarian Initiative | Salon | 22. September 2020

The Power of Humanity

How war and genocide can be prevented

With Mirza Dinnayi and Prof. Dr Wolfgang Huber

Humanity is never more important than in a pandemic and never is it more sorely missed. This is the topic of this year’s Aurora Dialogues, which the Global Perspectives Initiative is hosting together with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the ESMT and Stiftung Garnisonkirche Potsdam.

More than 70 million people worldwide are currently fleeing persecution and conflict, and the number is increasing daily. In addition, the corona pandemic is making the already precarious living situation of displaced people even more difficult.

In October 2019 Mirza Dinnayi (Co-Founder and CEO of the Iraq Airbridge) was awarded the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

Driven by his determination to save lives, the Yazidi activist has found a way to help the most vulnerable members of the Yazidi community during numerous conflicts in Syria and Iraq: He has aided hundreds of Yazidis such as the later Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad to their rescue and has provided countless refugee camps with life-saving relief supplies.

We will talk to him and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber about the urgent need for humanity and solidarity and its potential to successfully overcome the great challenges of today’s world. The former Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany has been dealing with the causes of genocide for decades and is intensively investigating why religion is repeatedly misused to legitimize persecution and genocide.

Using the example of the Yazidi in the Middle East conflict, our two speakers Mirza Dinnayi and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber will speak on the topic “The Power of Humanity: How to Prevent War and Genocide”. The discussion will be moderated by Georg Garlichs, CEO of ESMT Berlin.


  • Mirza Dinnayi, Co-Founder and Director of Luftbrücke Irak (Air Bridge Iraq)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Huber, former Head of EKD Evangelical Church in Germany


  • Georg Garlichs, CEO at ESMT Berlin

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Aurora Humanitarian Initiative 

ESMT Berlin 

Stiftung Garnisonkirche Potsdam 

Contact Person:
Judith Ramadan, Project Management

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