For the past three years, New Orleans has seen a decline in the city’s murder rate for the first time in almost 30 years. Sources credit social programs, changes in ER procedures, a gang task force, effective prosecutions and a variety of other factors for the three-year decline. Despite the dip, the city’s murder rate still remains above the national average according to nola.com.
Adrien Niyongabo, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) in Burundi plays with children outside Kibimba Friends Church. Photo by: Andrew Peterson
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.
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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