“What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word.” And with that, in Act One, Scene One, Tybalt, the violent “Prince of Cats” in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet begins a fight that could possibly have been avoided.
A journalist with more than 13 years’ experience covering stories of terror, violence, attending inquests, carrying out death knocks and focusing on the emerging field of ‘trauma journalism’, there came a point last year when I was ready to take a step back and deep dive into the world of peace and conflict, which had come to underpin every bit of storytelling I was doing.
So earlier this year, I took three months’ unpaid leave to take up a Rotary International peace fellowship at Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand.
This is a professional development programme for mid-career workers interested in understanding peace and learning conflict-resolution techniques.
Fifty people from around the world had been selected for a funded scholarship this year, after a two-part face -to-face interview process and a long paper application system.
Read Dhruti Shah’s feature here: Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing? | BBC News