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Resilience: creating a better world – Taban Shoresh, Founder, Lotus Flower

About This Episode

Taban Shoresh is founder of the Lotus Flower, the non-profit empowering vulnerable women and girls affected by conflict and humanitarian crises.

Taban’s own remarkable story started in Kurdistan, where her family were amongst the many persecuted by Saddam Hussein’s regime in the Kurdish genocide.

Her horrific ordeal saw Taban imprisoned at the age of just four and later, narrowly escaping a mass live burial.

Coming to the UK as a refugee in 1988, Taban built her life here, later moving into asset management. But in 2014, amidst the persecution of the Yazidis by Islamic State, she turned her attention to humanitarian aid and peace-building, supporting survivors of genocide, and women and girls displaced by conflict.

Taban Shoresh, Founder, Lotus Flower

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

What are you watching at the moment?

Maid, a series on Netflix

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mother. She instilled the true essence of resilience in me.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’

My new normal post lockdown is getting used to less spontaneous travel.

What is your best tip for life?

Every problem has a solution.

A quote for life (if you have one)

 ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ by Mahatma Gandhi

What five tracks are you listening to right now?

  • Jai Jagdeesh – In Dreams
  • Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  • Whitney Houston – Dance with Somebody
  • Bob Dylan – Forever Young
  • Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

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