Safi Rauf, an Afghan-American Humanitarian and Navy reservist at ET Now Global Business Summit 2024.
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New Delhi: At ET Now Global Business Summit 2024, Safi Rauf, an Afghan-American Humanitarian and Navy reservist shared insights on his journey as a humanitarian. He shed light on his misadventure and adversities he faced as a Taliban hostage. Speaking about his days of captivity by Taliban, Safi Rauf told how he was thrown on a dirt floor in the dead of winter with no heat, blanket and zero means of communication with outside world.
“I have learnt, we must fail often and fail forward because success is so rarely found on linear path,” Safi Rauf said while expressing hardship he faced during his days of captivity by Taliban.
Explaining the importance of negotiation, Safi Rauf shared his father’s learning on the topic. He said,” First, he understood that dialogue is most important aspect of every negotiation when you can bring your opponent to the table and look straight in the eye vs communication digitally or not speaking at all and half the work is done already.”
“Secondly, my father cared about the man with decision making power. He cared about two things, Pashtun fidelity and religious principles,” he said. “After my family negotiated my release from Taliban, US government acknowledged my father’s methodology and applied those to cross the finish line in the process,” Safi Rauf stated.
The Afghan-American Humanitarian said that in the art of negotiation, the most important thing is “if the continue to talk”, the door of communication remains open and so the negotiation.