all images © 2005-2016 Marla Mossman


Today, precarious political situations exist along ancient trade routes around the Silk Road nations. Afghanistan, the Middle East, Pakistan and India are all involved in local wars that are on the brink of escalation. In the United States and Europe, we are witnessing a dangerous “us-versus-them” rhetoric characterized by the normalization of xenophobic language among our political leadership.

The mission of Marla Mossman and the Peace Caravan Project is to promote cultural exchanges in an increasingly divisive global climate. Through storytelling and photography, The Peace Caravan seeks to deepen an understanding of other cultures and to celebrate our common humanity.

The Peace Caravan project begins with Marla Mossman’s journey across the Silk Road, which originated as a series of intersecting trails that traversed southwest China, Central Asia, the lowlands of Mesopotamia, Jerusalem, the Mediterranean, and ultimately ended up in Rome. The very first international trade agreements originated on the Silk Road.