A Minnesota man will discuss his peacekeeping work in Iraq later this month.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have invited Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, to discuss the ongoing turmoil in Iraq and the Middle East on Aug. 24.
Rasouli is an Iraqi-born American who lived in the Twin Cities for decades before the Second Iraq War started in 2003. He decided to go back to Iraq and work with the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group dedicated to helping those affected by war, before starting his own branch.
The Muslim Peacemaker Teams assist communities by working closely with schools and helping groups manage water resources, among other things.
"He really gave up a lot to try to go over there and see what he could do to help others," said Sister Gladys Schmitz, one of the nuns at the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Rasouli's group reaches out into Iraqi communities to help spread peace among all religions and demoninations. He travels back to the U.S. on an annual basis to give updates on the Muslim Peacekeepers Team and offer insight on conflicts brewing in the Middle East. He has spoken several times in Mankato.
Rasouli's talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, inside the Good Counsel Conference Center at 170 Good Counsel Drive in Mankato. For more information, contact the School Sisters of Notre Dame at 507-389-4114.