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1: Standing Against Hate with Mike Haines

by | Oct 6, 2020

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
1: Standing Against Hate with Mike Haines

 Welcome to the first episode of my new podcast show and I couldn’t be happier with my guest today, as he is a perfect example of what my show is all about!  He has bounced forward after facing the most horrendous adversity and is making such a difference to others across the world. 

In this inaugural episode I speak to Mike Haines whose brother David was murdered by Isis in 2014, and rather than letting hatred take hold of his heart, he now does incredible work with his campaign promoting unity, tolerance and understanding.  I know his story will inspire you.

David was a humanitarian worker, and it was whilst he was working with an NGO in Syria that he was captured and held for 18 months before being horrifically murdered and his death put on the internet.

Mike’s incredible testimony cannot fail to show how he retained his humanity and compassion and is dedicated to sharing that message with the world to create unity

He says that if each and every one of us can open minds, hearts and arms to other communities we do not understand, then we can only grow closer and our resistance to intolerance and hate grows stronger


Some key points from our interview:

·      How he decided very early on after his brother’s murder that he wouldn’t let allow hate to fill his heart

·      How the values that he learnt as a child guided him in the work he now does for humanity

·      How he went on TV very quickly after David’s murder asking for no reprisals in his name 

·      How through his work he’s been on a journey of enlightenment when he’s realised he’s not the only voice for understanding, unity and hope

·      How he believes that there are more good in this world than there is bad

“If I live with anger and hate, the terrorists have won” – Mike Haines

You can get more information about Mike here : https://mikehaines.globalactsofunity.com


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"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.

Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.

She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

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