In the book and exhibition “We Have A Dream” 114 people from 60 countries tell their powerful stories about courage, compassion and human rights. Yesterday, three of them came to Studentafton and talked about their inspirational lives. The exhibition “We Have A Dream” opens tomorrow in Lund.
Without an organization in the back and only armed with a simple camera the initiators Albert Wiking and Oscar Edlund started the journey to find impressive people around the world. With this, they hope to inspire people to go against the grain and stand up for their values like these people did.
Personalities Came to Lund
Yesterday, Studentafton presented an evening on the theme “We Have A Dream” where three guests from the exhibition and the initiators themselves came by and talked about their stories in front of around 600 spectators.
Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is Indonesia’s first female, Muslim stand-up comedian. As her parents were conservative she was born with the expectation to grow up like a Muslim girl that will continue preserving her religious and ethnic identity. But instead, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf has been taking the stage and talks about issues like Muslim, women and minorities.
“I watched Robin Williams doing stand-up comedy and I felt in love with it. Everything started to make sense. My whole life I’ve been in a training without realizing it. And I got a chance to fight for my dream and it became reality. But not everyone has the opportunity or the access to fight for it”, she says.
There are real problems in the world
Another dream Sakdiyah Ma’ruf has is that one day a daughter of ISIS-leaders or Donald Trump will
become a comedian: “Sometimes laughter means it’s already too painful to cry and sometimes it comes because of spending too much time in negative things.”
Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat who was the Deputy Secretary General of the UN between 2012-2016. Before, he was the chairman of the UN General Council from 2005 until 2006.
“Everyone is dealing with their own problems. But when we wake up in the morning and look out of the window we should realize that there are real problems in the world”, he says.
The reality about North Korea
Yeonmi Park has to deal with real problems. She is a human rights activist and she gave an inspiring and emotionally speech about her escape from her home country North Korea. Nowadays, she is actively informing the public about the living conditions in North Korea.
“North Korea is not the same planet, it’s a different universe. Before I escaped I never had a dream because I never knew what a dream is. It’s the darkest place in the world where you can get executed because of watching a movie or making international phone calls,” she says.
Forgotten by the world
Yeonmi Park also mentioned that people in North Korea don’t know that the real world exist or that there is a freedom of speech. Since she escaped from North Korea her name is added to the ‘target list’ of outspoken defectors that the North Korean regime wanted to eliminate.
“It feels like North Korea is forgotten by the rest of the world. I’m scared about dying but I feel responsible to draw attention to the thousands of women risking sexual violence and murder as they try to escape North Korea”, she says.
Her deeper insight into the life circumstances in North Korea fascinated the whole audience.
All Voices Are Equal
With voices from unknown people to Nobel prize winners, politicians and activists, the founders want to prove that everything is possible for someone if they only believe in their dreams. Unknown people are standing alongside Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Patti Smith, Pussy Riot and other well-known personalities and all their voices are of equal worth.
“It is important to make young people aware that they have a voice. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala was a child when she began to engage in the right to education for girls. First, there were not many who listened to what she had to say, but today it is almost a world that listens to what she has to say”, initiator Oscar Edlund says.
The exhibition was a great success at Fotografiska museum in Stockholm with around 80.000 visitors. It will now open at Lunds Konsthall (Lund’s Art Gallery) from tomorrow until the 7th of May 2017.