Every month Salam Stock features a Contributor to the Collection whose work exhibits quality, inspiration, and vision. This month’s featured Contributor is Damon Lynch.
Damon loves photography, peacebuilding, and writing free software. He is doing a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He plans to research how Tajiks perceive time when they reflect on the 1992-97 Tajik civil war, including what influence Islam might have on their sense of time. He has an MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He is the developer of Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux.
He has lived and worked in South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. He is from Aotearoa New Zealand. He has worked primarily with non-government organizations.
The biggest inspiration in his life is Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988). Khan was a nonviolent soldier who fought for freedom and justice for more than 70 years. Incredibly, Khan raised a large nonviolent Muslim army to fight British colonial rule from the midst of a proud and largely tribal people, the Pukhtuns. Damon is inspired by Khan’s selfless service, dedication to truth, and his passionate peace work.