HERO OF FORGIVENESS
Nadia McCaffrey’s son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004. His death received national attention after Nadia invited the press to Sacramento International Airport to record images of his flag-draped coffin returning home, contravening U.S. military policy. She said, “My son left for Iraq with a big smile on his face, and he was waving at us to cheer us up. Now, why should I hide him when he comes home? I’m proud of him. I love him, and I wanted the world to witness this.”
In 2005, Nadia went to the Jordan and Iraq border with the Families for Peace delegation to help deliver over $650,000 of medical and humanitarian aid for the thousands of refugees, mostly women and children, made homeless by the U.S. attack on Falluja.
She also works tireless through her own international organization, Angel Staff, to bring help and assistance to women and children who have survived the trauma of war. Angel Staff is also a group of trained volunteers who bring a caring presence to the bedside of the terminally ill, and give comfort and support to their families and friends.
Nadia learned on June 21, 2006 that supposedly allied Iraqi soldiers who were patrolling alongside him had killed her son.
HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.
CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.