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What does a wish for "peace on Earth" mean in a community healing from violence, where many cannot afford basic needs? 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.

Burundi, a small country in East Africa that's roughly the size of Maryland, experienced two decades of ethnic and political conflict that tore apart its social fabric, reduced livelihoods to survival, and spread fear and distrust widely. Through our Burundi program, AFSC supports local and national organizations working for a sustainable peace.