David Niyonzima on the traditional role of elders as peacemakers
Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on the traditional role of elders as community peacemakers. David's work involves leading workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.
When a job offer brought Maimuna Farah Samatar back to her birthplace, the Galkacyo Mudug Region in Somalia’s Puntland State, she saw an additional opportunity to serve those who were most affected by the local conflicts—the women and children.
Adrien Niyongabo, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) in Burundi plays with children outside Kibimba Friends Church. Photo by: Andrew Peterson
Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am
American Friends Service Committee works closely with Quakers in Burundi, central Africa on peacebuilding and social cohesion projects. Adrien Niyongabo, the Director of the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) program, an AFSC partner, will present about his organization’s work to bring together Hutu and Tutsis to heal from a decade of violent conflict and create renewed peace in communities.
Anna Crumley-Effinger, AFSC’s Program Director – Africa at email@example.com or 215-241-7150
As the post-earthquake situation in Haiti continues to evolve, AFSC is adapting to changing needs. After over a year working in the camps with displaced people, we are developing a teacher training program in partnership with the St. Charles Borromee school.
We asked Carmen Ortiz, AFSC’s Haiti Program Director, to answer a few questions about this new phase in her work:
Windows and MIrrors Closing Reception followed by a panel and community discussion meant to emphasize the rise of violence among youth in countries where war is prevalent---those who wage war, and those whose environments suffer from war—and draw attention to global and domestic forms of youth violence (i.e. child soldiers, local gang violence). The moderated panel discuss will be among participating groups and individuals who have witnessed, suffered at the hands of, or are/were affected by violence, especially war.
One of the youth celebrating after the proclamation ceramony. Her sign reads: "Your human rights are protected by law."
On April 19 AFSC’s Racial Justice Through Human Rights (RJTHR) youth group accomplished their goal when Pittsburgh was declared a Human Rights City. Youth from the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy joined the RJTHR youth during the presentation of the proclamation in a ceremony during City Council. Five of the RJTHR youth accepted the Proclamation and spoke about their hope and concerns for the future of Pittsburgh.
Celestin Nkundabemera is the Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Somalia, assisting the country's peace-building efforts. The organization's work in Somalia touches on many key concepts: development, human rights, community safety, conflict prevention and mediation, to name a few. In real life it has meant going to communities ravaged by 20 years of war and rebuilding their capacity for peace.
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