I had never thought much about landmines until I stepped on one in 1984, when I was twenty years old. I was camping in northern Israel with two friends and suddenly the earth exploded around me. I looked down at my shredded bloody legs in confused horror, wanting to know where my right foot had gone. Our hike had led us through an unmarked minefield left from the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
Thus began my journey of discovering who I was and what was possible. It was the beginning of a life-long quest to do more than merely survive, but to discover the inherent power of resilience that can lead each and every one of us to greater wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
Jerry White has dedicated his life to building resilience in individuals and communities affected by violent conflict. White lost his leg to a landmine explosion while hiking in Israel in 1984. It is his core belief that, with the right tools, everyone can rise above trauma and give back to their communities.