For the second year in a row, Jude Law is visiting the war-scarred nation of Afghanistan, hoping to spread the word of peace in this most unlikely place.
"When I left Kabul last year, I was hugely moved not by the conflict that I have read so much about, but by the people’s courage and the people’s sense of hope," the actor told reporters in the country’s capital city on Monday.
Jude, along with film director Jeremy Gilley, are in Kabul to meet with Afghan president Hamid Karzai as well as several top United Nations officials. They are also there to promote the seventh annual observation of Peace Day, which was adopted by the UN in 2001 in the hope of inspiring a one-day cease-fire to conflicts around the globe.
"It seemed that they really want to make this day, the Peace Day, work. And they did," the Oscar-nominated actor said on Monday. "People recognize the day, because they recognize that lives could be saved."
Jude also sees Peace Day, which is to take place on Sept. 21, as being something very different from many existing holidays. "The world celebrates so many days that often separate and segregate us," he explained. "And yet there is none that ties us all together."