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What does "peace" mean in Burundi?

We asked Burundians living and working in peace villages—new settlements for people affected by war, including ex-combatants, returned refugees, and victims of violence—what peace means to them.

Dialogue and learning on restorative justice

This report details an exchange between members of the Burundian parliament and experts in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process from South Africa, Togo, Sierra Leone, and Ghana.

Loans help with transition to stable life after experiencing war

Damienne Ndoricimpa

Damienne Ndoricimpa (right) got a loan from an association of her neighbors, which helped her start a small business.

Recovering from years of ethnic and violent conflict is a long and complicated process that requires healing from the trauma of war, rebuilding a cohesive community life, and stimulating an economy so that people can make a living and get what they need to build resilience.

With half a million refugees affected by war returning to Burundi in the course of a decade, the government and United Nations have prioritized the need to reintegrate people, both socially and economically.

51 years of freedom: Burundi’s path to a fragile peace

Associate General Secretary for International Programs Kerri Kennedy reports on her recent trip to Burundi.

Burundi is celebrating its independence day this week, marking the day the country achieved independence from Belgium in 1962. In honor of this holiday, I thought I would take some time to reflect on my recent visit to the country. I had the opportunity to visit the Burundi programs during a quick trip that I took in June.  

Maine and Burundi communities begin to heal through storytelling

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Telling stories of violence and trauma can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation.

Finding the courage to work for peace

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on how his faith influences his peace work.  David leads workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

This audio is an excerpt from a longer interview with David Niyonzima, conducted by Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan and Friends Relations Fellow, Madeline Schaefer.  As well as being the director of THARS, David is also a Quaker pastor and member of Burundi Yearly Meeting.

Elders as Peacemakers in Burundi

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.

QUNO's 2011 work in Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding policy and practice continues to evolve at the UN, and while support for national ownership and building local capacity are frequently highlighted, UN peacebuilding often takes a top down, rather than a bottom up, approach. QUNO continued to engage with the UN work in Burundi, contributing to discussions on peacebuilding and transitional justice. We worked with Chinese academics to explore the UN’s approach to peacebuilding and peacekeeping, including jointly hosting delegation visits to the African Great Lakes region and to New York.

Seeds of economic growth, security lie beyond agriculture for many in Africa

Claudette selling items in Muramvya, Burundi

Claudette is part of an income-generating program with Biraturaba, an AFSC partner that works with returnees, internally displaced people, and ex-combatants in Burundi.

Entrepreneurs from Burundi, Benin, Mali, Zimbabwe and elsewhere gather to share skills and strategies for sustainable local economic development.

Regional workshop focuses on generating income from nonagricultural work

A regional conference in Burundi brings together representatives From eight contries to share good practices for promoting income-generating activities.

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