Maggie Thach Morshed

Maggie Thach Morshed

Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Peace Writer, Maggie Thach Morshed, who tells the story of Jane Anyango of Kenya, a Women PeaceMaker at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego during 2016.

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Excerpts from Interview

  • “Jane lives at Kibera – one of the largest slums in Kenya – she lives with the people she helps. She is a proud slum woman.”
  • “The ground can only take so much – that is Jane – she is the hard Kenya earth.”
  • “All that young people want to do in Kenya is go to school.”

Maggie Thach Morshed Biography 
Maggie is an award-winning journalist whose byline has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fresno Bee, The Sacramento Bee and other news outlets across the country. She is currently working on a memoir about teaching English in South Korea. Much of her writing revolves around the ideas of immigration, assimilation and identity. In 2015, Morshed worked with Glenda Wildschut of South Africa and wrote the narrative “A Bridge to Truth.”

The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego where Maggie spent concentrated time with Jane while she was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

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More About The IPJ Peace Writers
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.

The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories, which are documented by four Peace Writers.

These Peace Writers tell their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. The Peace Writers interview their PeaceMakers daily and produce a document that includes narrative stories and complementary components, such as a historical summary of the conflict and a table of best practices in peacebuilding as demonstrated by the work of the PeaceMaker.

Monica McWilliams, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission comments on the importance of this program:
“You are writing women into history. You are making sure their stories are not forgotten. You are making sure those stories are passed on to the next generation.”