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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-241-7150
Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Burundi adresses the Conference on transitional justice in Burundi. Immaculee Nahayo, Minister of National Solidarity, Human Rights and Gender, Government of Burundi listens before presenting her speech.
Over 50 participants from nine countries gathered with members of the news media to listen to remarks for the opening ceremony and shared high expectations for the work during the three-day conference and of the eventual establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Burundi.
The final stop on Arlene Kelly’s trip to Africa was a day and a half with the Burundi team of the AFSC. In a few short hours a whirlwind of meetings took place with Burundian civil society partners of AFSC-Burundi, with a couple UN offices, government ministries, international partners and Friends (Quaker) partner organizations in Burundi.
About 40 high level participants are expected to participate in a regional seminar on the theme, “Mediating Elections-related Conflicts” being organised in Bujumbura,Burundi, by the American Friends Service Committee from 9 – 11 June 2010. The aim of the seminar is to contribute to peaceful elections by sharing experiences, knowledge and building mediation capacity within Burundi and other African countries.
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